Lace fan

Brussels Mixed, a combination of bobbin and needle lace, is secured to mother of pearl staves and shaped to create this elegant fan. The needle lace in the central rose design is gauzy point de gaze, while the border is Duchesse de Bruxelles bobbin lace. Note the delicate etching and metallic tracing on the mother of pearl.


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What is the language of fans and what do they communicate?

responded: Mar 31, 2010

Posted by Tatiana Jouikova

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In the 19th century ivory or mother of pearls fan were used by young girls, and fans made of lace or feathers were used by married women. Symbolism of the colours: white-innocence black-sadness red-happiness violet-humbleness yellow-rejection pink and blue-love and fidelity. The positions of the fan was a secret language, and, as with any language, it evolved over time. In the middle of the 19th century in St. Petersburg, there were many rules for how to hold a fan in order to signal a message. "Yes"-fan in a left hand, touching left cheek. "Now"-open fan in right hand, touching left cheek. "My thoughts are always with you"-half open fan sliding few times over forehead. "Do not come today"-closed fan sliding over hand. "I cannot trust you"-drum closed fan on a palm of the left hand. "You are suffering, I am sympathizing with you"-two sections of the fan opened. And so on…

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