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Extremely rare fan and the corresponding fan box from the fashion salon of the Callot Soeurs. Callot Soeurs opened in 1895 at 24, rue Taitbout in Paris, France. It was operated by the four Callot sisters: Marie Callot Gerber, Marthe Callot Bertrand, Regina Callot Tennyson-Chantrell and Joséphine Callot Crimont. The eldest sister, Marie, was trained in dressmaking, having earlier worked for Raudnitz and Co., prominent Parisian dressmakers, and they were all taught by their mother, a lacemaker. The sisters began working with antique laces and ribbons to enhance blouses and lingerie. Their success led to an expansion into other clothing. In 1900, they were featured at the Paris World's Fair. Maybe this lot is from this time.
The box is made of leather with gold embossing. Inside lined with green velvet. Lettering in the lid of the box. Inside a French evening fan. Black netted leaf with applied white bobbin lace edging designed with quivers of arrows and blossoms, all surrounded by sequins. Tortoiseshell sticks and guards studded with silver pins and crosses cut into the sticks.
Fashion accessories, like this fan, were sold matching the clothes - under their own label. Fan and box are in very good condition. Very rare to find.
Guard Length: ~ 26 cm
Width: ~ 50 cm (when opened)