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An accessory with a very expanded role
The upper master rod of this fan in Point d'Alençon lace with a blond tortoiseshell frame from the end of the 19th century is marked with the diamond-chipped initials or monogram of its owner. At the time, the fan was indeed not only an instrument used to fan oneself but a jewel and a fashion accessory with a very expanded role. Women played with it as a tool of seduction. They folded, unfolded, waved, lowered, and raised it to attract attention. They used it to highlight their hands and eyes or hide the lower part of their face. The refinement of the materials that composed the fans testified to the social status of the owers.
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