Fans of the Belle Époque
12th May - 2nd September 2015
Featuring the very best of the Museum’s late nineteenth & early twentieth century fans…
FANS OF THE BELLE ÉPOQUE evokes the extravagance and theatricality commonly associated with this alluring epoch (c. 1890-1910). The exhibition features a spellbinding assortment of exquisitely-crafted fans – the types favoured by wealthy American heiresses and the cream of European society at this time.
The very best of the Museum’s collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth century fans are on show, including: lavish examples from the go-to fan makers of the period, DUVELLEROY & KEES; an array of beautifully conceived Art Nouveau confections, and exuberant designs by gifted painters such as ABBÉMA, LASELLAZ, and BILLOTEY.
Stained mother of pearl fan with painted silk leaf signed G. Darcy. French, c. 1900, The Fan Museum HA1750 Mother of pearl fan with painted leaf signed Leloir. French, c. 1900, The Fan Museum HA1452 Tortoiseshell fan with painted leaf signed G. Lazellas. French, 1892, The Fan Museum HA1422 Dyed mother of pearl fan, the leaf shaped and decorated to resemble a butterfly. French, c. 1910, The Fan Museum HA536 Mother of pearl fan with painted leaf signed BILLOTEY. French, c. 1905, The Fan Museum HA443 Horn fan with painted leaf signed THOMASSE. French, c. 1905
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Since opening to the public in 1991, The Fan Museum's programme of temporary exhibitions has covered an extraordinary range of fan-related topics. Explore the archive here.
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Museum Admission Pricing
Children (age 7-16): £3.00
Family ticket (up to 2 Adults and up to 3 Children, also 1 Adult and 4 Children): £10.00
- Students (with vaild student card)
- Senior citizens
- English Heritage
- Friends of The Horniman
- Friends of The Victoria and Albert Museum
- Staff/Volunteers of the National Maritime Museum
Free Entry for…
Children under 7, Disabled visitors and carers, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members
Free entry for senior citizens.
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. Group Bookings
'About this Fan'
Printed fan advertising Bail (Cottilon), French, c.1905
The Fan Museum’s opening times each week are Wednesday to Saturday 11h00-17h00, with last entries at 16h30 each day.
Our latest exhibition, ‘Boxed In, Fanned Out: Fans and their Boxes’, is open from 3rd November and will run into the New Year.
Tickets for Museum by Candlelight, our special Christmas late-opening experience, are now on sale. Book now to secure your place!
Opening times may vary in line with public holidays. We will attempt to keep our channels updated in this case.
Our Orangery is not open as a public tearoom.
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