Monday, November 4, 2013

Unfolding Pictures: Queen Alexandra's Anniversary Fan, 1888

Folding Fan
Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection
Image via The Royal Collection Trust and
Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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This folding fan was a gift to Queen Alexandra, consort of the bawdy and buxom King Edward VII from  Charlotte of Saxe-Meiningen, one of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's ten billion grandchildren...okay, there were only forty-two.  

The leaf of the fan is made of chicken-skin (mmmm...chicken fan) painted with watercolo(u)r, bodycolo(u)r and highlighted with gold. 

The fan was made to commemorate the silver wedding anniversary of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1888.

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