Fans (Paperback)

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This book traces the history of fans from biblical times to the present day. Originating as an everyday functional object, the fan rapidly acquired ceremonial and social significance, becoming the utilitarian sceptre of kings, the subject of conversation for bluestockings of the seventeenth century, the toy of frivolous ladies, the vehicle of revolutionary messages, the sentimental possession of the Victorians, the mirror of the Belle Ipoque, and an advertising gimmick. Above all, fans are hand-crafted objects and therefore no two are identical, which makes recording and classifiying them an absorbing and fascinating historical adventure.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780747804024
Publisher: Shire
Publication Date: March 4th, 2008
Pages: 40