Southerbys Florentine School (16thC) Portrait of a Woman Said ToBeVittoria Colonna by an unknown artist maybe 1530-40s. This has been enhanced to see the fan in more detail. It is a feather fan (black feathers) and a metal handle. there is a chain attatching it to the girdle.
La Moda lists peacock feathers as being recorded for use in Fans in Florence and recorded in Eleanora's guardaroba. I have some peacock feathers that have been sitting in my cupboard for a few years now.. (that Ramerez cloak that never eventuated)...
I purchased a metal fan handle from Oonagh's Own (right). the top is cylindrical so will have to be flattened.
Far right is the final fan.
Research: can be seen here.
I have been collecting peacock feathers for a few years now (thanks to Mistress Oonagh for a gift of some also).
the handle suitably squished (by wooden hammer)
© K Carlisle. November, 2007
(c). K.Carlisle, 2009.