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Alexandre: Fan Maker to the Courts of Europe

22nd November 2011 - 26th February 2012

Alexandre Fan Maker to the Courts of Europe

Felix Alexandre (b.1823) rose to fame during the 1850s to become fan-maker to Empress Eugenie, the Queen of the Netherlands and Queen Victoria – a fact proudly proclaimed in gold letters on the inside of his fan boxes. Not only did Alexandre paint fan leaves and produce designs for many of the elaborate montures (sticks and guards), he was also the first eventailliste to employ painters and designers who were part of the coterie of fashionable artists working in France at this time.

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 will reveal an era of enormous affluence where emperors and royalty were the celebrities of the day.

This ambitious exhibition, a joint initiative of The Fan Museum and Galliera (Musee de la Mode et du costume de la Ville de Paris), brings together, for the first time, an array of exquisite Alexandre fans including loans from Royal Collections and some of Europe’s most prestigious collectors.

Drawing on extensive archival research, the exhibition offers unparalleled insights into the craft of a particularly enigmatic eventailliste, undoubtedly one of the major forces in 19th century French fan design and production.

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Museum Opening Times

Tuesday - Saturday

11am - 5pm

Sunday

12pm - 5pm

Tuesday 27th June

Closed

12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich,
London SE10 8ER

Admission

Adults: £4.00

Concessions: Info £3.00

Children (age 7-16): £3.00

National Trust Members:

50% discount across all admission categories

Free Entry for...

Children under 7, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Afternoon Tea at Greenwich Fan Museum

Tea in the Orangery

Enjoy afternoon tea in the beautifully muraled museum orangery.

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Museum Admission Pricing

Adults: £4.00
Children (age 7-16): £3.00
Concessions: £3.00
  • Students (upon presentation of NUS card)
  • Senior citizens
  • Registered disabled
  • English Heritage
  • Friends of The Horniman
  • Friends of The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Members/Volunteers of the National Maritime Museum
National Trust Members:

50% discount across all admission categories

Free Entry for…

Children under 7, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Tuesday Special:

Free entry for senior citizens and disabled visitors (except for groups)

Please note that the discounts listed above cannot be applied when visitors are part of a large group visit or guided tour group.  Please click here for further details.

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