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: Sep 13, 2011

Posted by Kate Steckley

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The language of the fan reached its height of popularity in the 18th century. The language was a series of hand movements and gestures which allowed a women to communicate across without speaking a word. The fan's main purpose was to communicate messages of love such as " I am engaged", "Follow me" or " I love another" Whether the stories of the language of the fan actually existed is still a mystery as there is not mention of the language in any historical documents.

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