- To offer a place dedicated to this utensil, ephemeral and eternal,
futile and full of meaning;
- Because we would like the Fan to be better recognized as part of art
and history, and increase its position in the field of knowledge;
- To create here a public place where fans amateurs and
others can come and contribute, from everywhere in the World, to
develop understanding and peace among nations and individuals.
"Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality" (Dalai Lama .... and wisdom of nations)
Who are we? two married french collectors, who have been experiencing for over 33 years a keen interest in the fans. This interest can be explained by :
* the amazing variety of these objects, works of both art
and crafts, costume accessories, political propaganda and advertising
tools, testimonies of public and private life of our ancestors;
* The field open by such a collection to studies and research of any kind;
* The (relatively) low cost
of fans, allowing to build a collection without investing the sums
required by collections of paintings, antique cars, or even porcelain;
* The limited space required;
* Also, we must confess, the eminently "French" touch of the fan: this
frivolous and fragile object can mean serious and lasting things as
well and studying it allows to approach with lighntness the more
serious subjects (art history, politics, economy ...) or seriously the lighter subjects!
This led us to one of the most scholar studies, though deliberately
kept away from a too serious academic language. The results were a
Masters in Art History obtained in 2011 at Rennes 2 University (France), followed by a thesis under the direction of Professor Guillaume Glorieux. The translated title is : "European Hand Fans
from Louis XIV to Louis-Philippe: Subjects and Meaning
," and it was defended 3 October 2015. The thesis is available online (in French) : see Thèse P.H. Biger.
You can find here a table of contents and the index of proper names of the thesis.
Researchers in History of Art who would be interested in this
field are invited to
contact for information or communication. So are curators wanting to show hand fans. (see link on our homepage).
(detail of a 1680/1700 fan leaf showing the childhood of Bacchus. - Coll C. & PHB)
* We offer, besides news information (which can only come from you,
friends of the Place of the fan!) And, on occasion, the Special Pages,
- A brief overview of the history of the Fan (Fan history);
- The "basics" or School Gallery, glossary and significant examples of
- A bibliography;
but above all, to illustrate the interest of the study of the spectrum;
- Monographs: (most of them in French and English), renewed according to
our possibilities and our mood;
- Fan questions: questions about a fan or a kind of fans to collectors, enthusiasts and other users in order to increase
the common knowledge. If successful, those pages may become monographs.
Reminder: the reproduction of
all or part of text or images on this site, for any purpose and in any
form whatsoever, is prohibited without our agreement.
We try, but always get there, stay truly amateurs than collectors in
order not to be victims of this disease so well described by Lucretius
(98-55) in Rerum Natura From: "As long as the object we desire is not
there, it seems greater than all; only he is ours, we want another, and
our thirst remains the same. "
There are ... many years we had been interviewed by "Respublica" group
site Tiscali both missing on the Place de l'Eventail.
To see the interview, click here!
Feel free to send me your comments, remarks, criticism ... and contact
me about everything related to fans, particularly following my academic
work on the topics of European fans. I am ready to consider any request
to participate in conferences, magazines, exhibitions and responding to
requests for advice from museums s well as from individuals. But I let the market
value assessments of fans to people who make a living with this job. Thank you !