The Fan Museum is delighted to announce it has acquired, with the generous support of the Art Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), a unique piece of fan history in the form of an embroidered folding fan, c1590–1630.
Bid to acquire folding fan c1590-1620
This intricately designed artifact (dated 1590 – 1620) is a rare survivor of a short-lived style which was a popular fashion statement of its time. Today, no other examples can be found of this folding fan dating earlier than the 17th century. Fans with a striking similarity to this appeared in two portraits of Queen Elizabeth I.