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.

Embroidered folding fan acquired by the Fan Museum
Embroidered folding fan acquired by the Fan Museum
Applicant: 
The Fan Museum Trust
Location: 
The Fan Museum, 12 Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ER
Region: 
London
Grant awarded: 
£12,500
Year awarded: 
2015