ALEXANDRE: Fan Maker to the Courts of Europe

ALEXANDRE: Fan Maker to the Courts of Europe

HELENE ALEXANDER    Book Number: 85784    Product format: Hardback

The celebrated fan maker Félix Alexandre (b.1823) was active in an age when the art of fan-making reached a glorious apogee. Brought together for the first time, here is an array of exquisite fans from the Maison of Alexandre, including loans from Royal Collections and some of Europe's most prestigious collectors. Rising to fame during the 1850s, Alexandre became fan-maker to Empress Eugènie, the Empress of Russia, the Queen of the Netherlands, the Queen of Spain and Queen Victoria, a fact proudly proclaimed in gold letters on the inside of his fan boxes. Not only did he paint fan leaves and produce designs for many other elaborate montures, he was also the first éventailliste to employ painters and designers who were part of the côterie of fashionable artists working in France at this time, and in doing so, invented the 'éventail d'art'. Carousels of figures, putti, flowers, montures of sumptuously carved ivory, engraved mother of pearl and lavish gilding - even the most cursory glance at an Alexandre fan reveals an era of enormous affluence where emperors and royalty were the celebrities of the day. Amongst our favourites from the 56 beautiful designs on display are the Crescent Moon lined with silk and decorated with Brussels lace, Harlequin and the Ladies, a wooden fan finely carved with a trellis of florets, the Fountain of Youth in mother of pearl, Roses chased in gold with rococo motifs and scenes depicting the story of Dante and Beatrice. Colour illus throughout, 148pp, 8¾" x 11".
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ISBN 9780954031978
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