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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (possibly, made)
    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Textured glassine paper painted with gouache; plane tree (Platanus x hispanica) wood sticks and guards; metal pin and finger loop

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Major and Mrs Broughton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

This type of novelty fan was popular during the early years of the 20th century. It appears slightly unusual because its leaves are cut in the shape of a fantail dove in flight. Many fans of the period used the shapes of cats’ heads, birds or butterflies to form the fan leaf.

Physical description

Fan of textured glassine paper, cut to shape and painted with gouache to suggest a bird in flight. Sticks and guards of plane tree (Platanus x hispanica) wood. Metal pin and finger loop.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (possibly, made)
France (possibly, made)


ca. 1910 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Textured glassine paper painted with gouache; plane tree (Platanus x hispanica) wood sticks and guards; metal pin and finger loop


Length: 25.5 cm

Object history note

This fan was owned by Cara Broughton, née Cara Leland Huttleston Rogers (1867-1939), who married Urban Hanlon Broughton (1857-1929) in 1895. As Urban H. Broughton died before he could be elevated to a peerage, their eldest son Urban H.R. Broughton (1896-1966) became 1st Baron Fairhaven of Lode on 20 March 1929, while Cara became 1st Lady Fairhaven. This barony became extinct on Urban H.R.Broughton's death, but a later barony, Baron Fairhaven of Anglesey Abbey, co. Cambridge, was granted to him in 1961, with a remainder to his brother, Henry (1900-1973), to enable this title to continue after his death without male heirs.

This forms part of a large donation of late 19th and early 20th century garments and accessories (with a few historical textiles) donated to the Museum in 1972 by Cara's grandson and Henry's son, Major Ailwyn Broughton and his wife, a year before Ailwyn became Lord Fairhaven following his father's death.

Descriptive line

Fan of painted, textured glassine paper with plane tree wood (platanus x hispanica) sticks and guards, possibly made in Great Britain or France, ca. 1910

Subjects depicted



Accessories; Clothing; Fashion; Fans; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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