Collections in Motion: Articulated Fan

Demonstration of an unusual fan from the Cooper Hewitt Museum collection. The fan is shown opening, closing, and two mechanical portraits are shown in operation, showing a tiny man and woman waving...

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Demonstration of an unusual fan from the Cooper Hewitt Museum collection. The fan is shown opening, closing, and two mechanical portraits are shown in operation, showing a tiny man and woman waving their own miniature fans. The portraits are painted in the "guards" of the fan and protected with glass.

We know one item that is featured in this video.

  • Pleated Fan (France), ca. 1760
  • parchment leaf painted with gouache; pierced and gilded ivory sticks with glass.
  • Bequest of Sarah Cooper Hewitt.
  • 1931-6-116