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FAN MUSEUM - GREENWICH

Date: 24th February 2013

FAN MUSEUM – GREENWICH

As I am at home with a cold and don’t want to start on the ironing (I loathe ironing but as I equally dislike sleeping on un-ironed bed linen, it is a chore which has to be done)  I thought I’d tell you about something I haven’t even visited yet.

Whilst researching René Mouchotte I discovered that his Great Grandfather was the Duvelleroy who set up the Duvelleroy Fan business in Paris – you can read all about it on the Internet.

My research on René has virtually ended – although it is amazing that I feel as though I’m at the middle of a spider’s web with the strands radiating out in all directions because of all the affiliated interests which are coming my way through the René story.

Recently I googled Duvelleroy Fans and discovered there was a small museum in Greenwich devoted to Fans. Entering into correspondence with the Curator I discovered that the Museum has a good collection of Duvelleroy fans, dating from the inception of the house in 1827 through to the early decades of the 20th century. In fact, in 1995, the museum staged an exhibition entitled DUVELLEROY - KING OF FANS, FAN MAKER TO KINGS, in collaboration with M. Maignan.

Maignan bought what remained of the Duvelleroy House - fan making equipment etc. What is interesting is that in 2010, two young women purchased the artefacts and are now making the most exquisite fans which are being sold in some of the most prestigious stores in Paris. I looked them up and I think the least expensive was around £800 so I won’t be rushing off to buy one and doubt that my son will send me one for Mother’s Day. He won’t even know it is Mother’s Day being on the other side of the world where they celebrate the occasion on a very different date – sometime in May I think.

I can’t wait for the better weather when I intend to make a day of it – visit the Fan Museum and possibly also the Cutty Sark. I must ensure that I don’t choose another half term date!

This is a portrait of René Mouchotte's Grandmother - isn't she a stunner!  René's sister was kind enough to allow me to take photos  of the portraits of their grandparents which hung in her beautiful Paris apartment.

 

FAN MUSEUM -  GREENWICH

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