At The Fan Museum | Spitalfields Life

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The Fan Museum in Greenwich is the brainchild of Helene Alexander who has devoted her life with an heroic passion to assembling the world’s greatest collection of fans – which currently stands at over five thousand, dating from the eleventh century to the present day.

In doing so, Mrs Alexander has demanded a reassessment of these fascinating objects that were once dismissed by historians as mere feminine frippery but are now rightly recognised as windows into the societies in which they were made and used, and upon the changing position of women through…

Folding fan with bone monture & woodblock printed leaf commemorating the Restoration of Charles II. 
English, c. 1660 
(Helene Alexander Collection)

Folding fan with bone monture & woodblock printed leaf commemorating the Restoration of Charles II. 
English, c. 1660 
(Helene Alexander Collection)

Source: At The Fan Museum | Spitalfields Life.

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2 thoughts on “At The Fan Museum | Spitalfields Life

    • They are exquisite, aren’t they. I’m lucky enough to have inherited a delicious painted silk fan that I think belonged to my great-grandmother. I’ve used it in ‘Love Letters’ but I want to do more designs with it.

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