If only I had known about this little fan sooner, I might have placed it on my Christmas Wish List!
This charming fan was sold at auction at Christie's in London for $1,233 (£750) - a bargain when one considers its historical significance. The fan was made in the 18th Century. The center images are that of Marie Antoinette and Louis, when they were still dauphine and dauphin of France. The silk leaf has been embellished with sequins; the sticks are ivory.
One wonders who originally owned this fan...
Was it purchased as a souvenir by a young Englishman while on his Grand Tour?
Did a bourgeois cafe owner, hopeful tha that dauphin and his beautiful Austrian wife would be the answer to his nation's woes, buy it to give to his wife?
Did it once dangle off the slender wrist of a powdered and pampered woman of minor noble birth?
What do you think? Who do you imagine owned this fan?