Alexandre

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Fan maker  to the Courts of Europe

This publication focuses on the works of the hugely celebrated fan maker Félix Alexandre (b.1823).  Alexandre was active  when the art of fan-making reached a peak, and this publication supports the exhibition Alexandre: Fan-Maker to the Courts of Europe, that brought together, for the first time in 2011, an array of exquisite fans from the maison of Alexandre, including loans from Royal Collections.

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Fan maker  to the Courts of Europe

By Hélène Alexander

This lavishly illustrated publication focuses upon the oeuvre of celebrated fan maker, Félix Alexandre (b.1823).  Alexandre was active in an age when the art of fan-making reached a glorious apogee, and this publication supports an exhibition that opened in September 2011 at The Fan Museum, London. Alexandre: Fan-Maker to the Courts of Europe, brought together, for the first time, an array of exquisite fans from the maison of Alexandre, including loans from Royal Collections and some of Europe’s most prestigious collectors.

Drawing on extensive archival research, this publication offer unparalleled insights into the art and craft of a particularly enigmatic fan maker: undoubtedly one of the mayor forces in 19th century French fan design and production.

Alexandre rose to fame during the 1850’s to become fan-maker to Empress Eugènie, the Empress of Russia, the Queen of the Netherlands, the Queen of Spain 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, he was also the first éventailliste to employ painters and designers who were part of  the circle of fashionable artists working in France at this time, and in doing so, invented the “éventail d’art”. Carousels of figures, putti, flowers; montures of sumptuously carved ivory, engraved mother of pearl and lavish gilding: even the most casual look at an Alexandre fan reveals an era of enormous opulence where emperors and royalty where the celebrities of the day.

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