Amazing collection of Cooper Hewitt Museum fans collection
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Amazing collection of Cooper Hewitt Museum fans collection

Amazing collection of Cooper Hewitt Museum fans collection

Tortoiseshell Fan. Made around 1880, the fan is opened and closed by pulling a silk cord.

Collections in Motion: Tortoiseshell Fan

Reversible Fan. Made around 1815, the fan has four different images that are revealed when it is unfolded in either direction.

Collections in Motion: Reversible Fan

Articulated Fan. 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.

Collections in Motion: Articulated Fan

Cockade Fan. Shown opening and closing. The word “cockade” in this sense refers to the fact that the fan opens to a full circle.

Collections in Motion: Cockade Fan

More info at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum