1882 Duchesse & Point De Gaze Lace Fan, Tiffany Silk Covered Box, Provenance
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1882 Duchesse & Point De Gaze Lace Fan, Tiffany Silk Covered Box, Provenance:
A large Brussels mixed lace fan with Mother of pearl sticks and guards, good looking silk tassel with metallic accents and a silk satin covered Tiffany paper box; as for the box, the top and sides are covered, not the bottom.
The fan is 11" long and opens to about to about 30".
There are handwritten notes on the bottom of the fan. One says: "White Lace Mother of Pearl Sticks" the other "From Mrs. Geo. Cavendish-BentinckNov. 27th, 1882".
Mrs Geo. Cavendish-Bentinck was Elizabeth Livingston (1855 - 1943) , an American heiress born in Newport, RI, who married George Cavendish-Bentinck (1854 - 1909), a member of British Parliament. George's great-grandfather was the 3rd Duke of Portland (if I got the whole lineage of Cavendish-Bentincks right.) George did not inherit the title, it went to a different branch ofthe family sometime earlier. Elizabeth was a prominent figure in the New York society during the Gilded Age.
The fan came from a de-accession of a museum in New England. So if this is the correct box for this fan, the fan comes with provenance.
CONDITION OF THE FAN and BOX: Fan very good. Box a little discoloration on the