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Feather Fan: M.473 & A-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Feather Fan


Maker: Duvelleroy, J.
Retailer: Duvelleroy, J.




Dyed pink ostrich feathers on tortoise shell sticks.

In original box by J. Duvelleroy, 121 New Bond Street, London W1


History note: Lennox Boyd Estate. Christie's no. 1095

Legal notes

Accepted by H. M. Government in lieu of inheritance tax from the Lennox Boyd Estate

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France
  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2015-04-27) by H.M. Government


Production date: circa AD 1930


This fan forms part of the collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox Boyd, allocated to the Museum by H.M. Government in lieu of inheritance tax in 2015. The collection of over 600 fans ranges in date from the 18th to the 20th centuries and in type from bejewelled and hand-painted court and wedding fans, to printed mass-produced advertising fans, aide-memoire fans, mourning fans and children’s fans.

This fan still has its original box with the manufacturer’s label: ‘J. Duvelleroy, 121 New Bond Street, London W1.’ Duvelleroy was a Paris-based fan manufactory, who owned a London shop at this address from 1924 to 1956, so this fan must have been made after 1924. Between the wars, Duvelleroy specialised in couture feather fans. This is unusual for its shocking pink colour and was clearly intended to make a statement.

Components of the work

Fan composed of feathers
Sticks composed of tortoise shell

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.473 & A-2015
Primary reference Number: 205052
Sale number: 1095
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 5 August 2015 Updated: Tuesday 17 May 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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