24 THE RIVER MAGAZINE | Summer 2018 years old, is tipped with macaw feathers and will be displayed for the first time in several years. The centrepiece of the exhibition is an exquisite early twentieth century jay feather fan on tortoiseshell sticks, generously lent by The Fan Museum’s esteemed patron, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. In support of the exhibition a programme of lectures will include guest speakers from the Horniman Museum and Historic Royal Palaces. The exhibition runs until 23 September. The museum’s collections comprise in excess of 5,000 objects (though not all of these are on show at the same time) and includes fans and fan leaves dating from the 12th century to the present day, rare books and fan-related artefacts. Among the museum’s many THE FAN MUSEUM 12 Crooms Hill Greenwich SE10 8ER t: 020 8305 1441 e: info@thefanmuseum.org.uk w: thefanmuseum.org.uk treasures are works by fine artists including Paul Gauguin, Salvador Dali and Walter Sickert. From France, generally regarded to be the epicentre of Western fan making, the museum has extended fan leaves painted with detailed depictions of life at the Court of Louis XIV. Fans from the East are also well represented within the collections and include a twelfth century Chinese pien mien, seventeenth century export brisé fans painted with curious depictions of European traders (as seen through the eyes of Chinese craftsmen), and several Japanese ‘war fans’– originally intended for use on the battlefield, and used as signalling devices. It is worth adding that on certain days of the week, in the charming Orangery and over-looking a ‘secret’ garden in the Japanese style, Afternoon Tea is served. Delightful. For more information about the two exhibition-related lectures, details can be found online at www. thefanmuseum.org.uk/events The exhibition “A Bird in the Hand” runs until 23 September The museum’s collections includes fans and fan leaves dating from the 12th century to the present day