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Treasures from the Collection


Painted Silk Fan
1905-1915
Manufacturer: Duvelleroy, Paris
Silk, mother-of-pearl, paint, sequins
Gift of Lorraine Goodrich MacDermott (1956.1196)

A granddaughter of brewery founder Frederick Pabst, Lorraine MacDermott (1893-1977) used this exquisite fan while she lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She may have bought it from a Chicago shop selling Duvelleroy fans. The firm of Duvelleroy, known for its exceptional fan painting, had begun making fans in 1827, and by the late nineteenth century had an extensive international export business in North and South America.

Many Duvelleroy fans echoed those made in the eighteenth century, when love and lovers were popular themes for fans. Lorraine's fan depicts lovers looking at a statue of the Greek love goddess, Aphrodite. The love theme is reinforced with Cupid's quiver of arrows shown on either side, with one arrow placed strategically in the bull's eye.

   

Painted Silk Fan Box - detail
   

Painted Silk Fan - detail
   

Painted Silk Fan - detail
   

Decoupage Stick Fan
1900-1910
Cardstock, brass, wood
Gift of Walter L. Haight (1956.1009)

The confidant surfer depicted on this broad leaf-shaped fan indicates this fan was probably made near the Pacific Ocean. After almost disappearing, surfing experienced a revival during the first years of the twentieth century. Hawaiians in the Waikiki area were the first to take up the surfboard again. At the time, Waikiki was becoming an important tourist destination, and surfing came to California in 1907. Though we do not know the history of this fan, it may have been a Hawaiian or Californian tourist souvenir. Donor Walter Haight did not visit these locations, but his in-laws, James L. and Elizabeth V. Foley of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, traveled extensively around the United States. They may have visited Hawaii or California and brought back the fan as a souvenir for their daughter and son-in-law.

   

Embroidered Silk Fan and Box
c. 1900
Manufacturer: China
Silk, ivory
Gift of Frederica McBain Zdanowicz (1975.174.4,a)

Frederica Zdanowicz (1902-1992) of Madison, Wisconsin received this fan as a gift from friends who had purchased it at an antique store in Spain. The fan appears to have been made in China for export to Spain.

   

Embroidered Silk Fan - detail
   

Embroidered Silk Fan - detail
   

Embroidered Silk Fan Box - detail
   

Embroidered Silk Fan Box - detail
   

Lithographed Fan
1850-1870
Manufacturer: France
Paper, ivory
Gift of Frederica McBain Zdanowicz (1975.174.2)

University of Wisconsin professor Casimir D. Zdanowicz (1883-1953) probably purchased this fan at an antique store in Paris in 1907. It represents the most popular form of fan from the mid-nineteenth century, with its elaborate, gilded ivory sticks and lithographed and hand-watercolored images of people from the eighteenth century. Like some of the best fans from this time period, it was decorated on both sides.

   

Lithographed Fan - reverse
   

Lithographed Fan - detail
   

Painted Celluloid Brisé Fan
c. 1890
Celluloid, ribbon, paint
Gift of Mary J. and Charles Kendall Adams (1945.773)

Mary J. (Matthews) Smith Barnes (1840-1902) purchased this fan in Europe, perhaps at the time of her July 9, 1890 wedding to third husband, Cornell University president Charles Kendall Adams, in London, England. Two years later Charles Kendall Adams became president of the University of Wisconsin.

   

Painted Celluloid Brisé Fan - detail
   

Punched Paper and Feather Fan with Mirror
1863
Paper, ivory, feathers, glass
Gift of Mrs. F.A. Kartak (1945.658)

This fan was brought from Paris, France to Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1863. The reason for the embossed golden wheat image is not known, but historically the wheat motif symbolized the "golden wealth" provided by Mother Earth. The fan's mirror made it possible for its owner to see discretely who was behind her.

   

Painted Black Feather Fan
1880-1900
Goose feathers, wood, paint
Gift of Jessie Knapp (1945.646)

This fan probably belonged to Jessie (Thomas) Knapp (b. 1855) of Menomonie, Wisconsin.

   

Painted Black Feather Fan- detail



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