Our Fan Collection
The Company’s collection of some 370 fans includes 18th and 19th Century examples. Several fans have a Royal provenance: these were presented by HRH Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone and HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester: also a number of fans were presented by Past Masters of the Company.
The Company has a Royal Autograph Fan which was presented in 1945 by Past Master W. Bernard Ross-Collins. The vellum leaf has signatures of members of the Royal Family since the early 20th Century including that of Queen Victoria, Queen Mary and King George VI. When this was filled a second fan was made. This was presented in 1986 by Past Master Michael S. Ross-Collins and continues the tradition whereby new members of the Family are invited to sign the fan: this has been done most recently by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
The Royal Autograph Fan
A fan with vellum and paper leaf and ivory sticks, 18.50cm. high, circa 1910, ENGLISH/FRENCH. Presented to the Company by Past Master W. Bernard Ross-Collins
AR No. 102
The Intervention of the Sabine Women
A fan with painted paper leaf and mother of pearl sticks, 30cm. high, circa 1750, FRENCH . Presented to the Company by HRH Countess of Athlone.
AR No: 110
The Lady Morton Fan
A fan with Brussels bobbin and needle lace leaf having mother of pearl sticks, 28.50cm. high, circa 1880, BELGIAN/FRENCH. Presented to the Company by HRH Countess of Athlone.
AR No: 104
A fan with painted vellum leaf and ivory sticks, 29cm.high, circa 1720, ITALIAN. Presented to the Company by Past Master W. Bernard Ross-Collins.
AR No: 133
Diana and Callisto
A fan with painted vellum leaf and ivory sticks, 28cm. high, circa 1700, ITALIAN. The style of painting is similar to the painting on a fan leaf in The Royal Collection RCIN 25063.
AR No: 215
A fan with painted vellum leaf after Peter Paul Rubens, having ivory sticks with a carved frieze of Venus and amoretti, 28cm. high, circa 1720, ITALIAN.
AR No: 266
The South West Prospect of the City of Bath
A fan with hand coloured engraved paper leaf after Thomas Robins the Elder, probably from George Speren’s workshop, having ivory sticks, 28cm. high, circa 1737, ENGLISH.
AR No: 210