ANTIQUE SOUVENIRS: ANCIENT FAN
We continue to talk about people who are passionate about collecting. Rather, about antique souvenirs that they would be happy to receive as a gift for their collection. Although antique items may not necessarily appeal to collectors. They are appreciated by all lovers of beautiful works of art. Among them, the old fan is interesting, which causes us to associate with the times of courageous gentlemen and beautiful ladies.
The fan is the subject of arts and crafts and at one time it became widespread in many countries. Thus, it reflects the national characteristics and traditions of those places where it was made. Therefore, you can bring from your travels around the world beautiful old fans that will long retain the memory of the corners visited.
The old fan belongs to those objects that can tell us about a certain era, about people and their lives. This is because such objects are located inside the culture of people, they change and improve over time and have an impact on society and culture. The fan appeared a very long time ago and over time it acquired a new form and function. You can hear a lot of stories about the origin of the fan; in conjunction with the costume, it reflected the fashion and style of a certain era.
Fans can be folding and awkward. Folding fans consist of separate plates connected to each other. The basis of these accessories was made of different materials: from precious metals, from bone and tortoise shell. And the old fan itself was made of fabric, paper, openwork lace. The fan appeared in Europe in the 16th century. He was brought from Japan, where he is an integral part of the costume. They gained the greatest popularity in European countries in the 17th century. – 19 century In the 18th century This accessory was an important part of Russian culture. After the war of 1914, the fan almost disappeared from use.
As collectibles, fans became common when they completely disappeared from secular society. After the revolution, when the property of Russian noblemen was nationalized, many of these items went to various museums. Tourists from different countries bring fans, for example, there are a lot of them in Spain. We can say that this souvenir is not just a beautiful thing. It is a reflection of the life of a certain country and its traditions.
The material on antique statues of the old gzhel, which occupy a special place in the collections, will also be interesting.
Antique perfume bottles are currently collectibles. Many collections that people collect from completely unbelievable things began to be created from souvenirs brought once by friends and acquaintances from different corners. For such enthusiastic people as collectors, there is no more desirable souvenir than another unique piece of memory for their collection. Small bottles in which perfumes were once held hold memories of the smells of bygone days and the happy days associated with them.
Now perfume bottles are antique objects and represent one of the promising directions in the world of antiques.
The most “perfumery” country is France. It has long been famous for its perfume industry and sophistication of aromas. It holds special auctions every year, where only antique perfume bottles are sold. Prices for these collectibles are quite high, and this is not surprising. There are not so many ancient copies now preserved, because the fate of most of these bottles is to simply be thrown away in due time. If fashionistas of past years knew what value they will gain in the future.
These interesting antique souvenirs can be divided into two groups:
labeled bottles that were already sold with perfume;
unmarked bottles made of different materials.
Unmarked bottles were designed specifically for pouring perfume there. At all times, aromatic oils and perfumes were very much appreciated and expensive. Their unusual aromas required expensive and sophisticated packaging. Therefore, many perfume bottles were made so luxurious that they are currently stored in museums and are works of art. For example, in the Hermitage you can see specimens of gold and precious stones. At one time they were presented to the Russian tsars.
Various perfumes were most widely used in the 18th century. All the nobility at that time had dressing tables on which several bottles with aromas were invariably kept for different occasions. For the manufacture of bottles at that time, porcelain was used, but glass became increasingly popular. Perfume containers were made in most of the “faceted crystal”. Perfumes of different colors poured into them made the bottle unusually beautiful and luminous.
With the development of the jewelry industry, perfume bottles became so beautiful that they were not inferior in magnificence to the jewelry itself. There are items with caps made of precious metals, and the containers themselves had Ukrainian…