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This is a rare and valuable presentation fan that belonged to the Mexican imperial couple, Maximilian and Charlotte, which was estimated at an auction house in Austria (Dorotheum) between €3.000,- to €5.000, and sold for €3.750 in April last year. The fan has a tortoiseshell frame, gold mounts, diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds; the tortoiseshell frame with gold rocaille and Quetzals and small sapphires and diamonds, in laid with the monogram “MC” in ligature with the imperial corona, monogram and corona inlaid with diamonds, rubies and an emerald, later the paper was painted with allegorical images of the treasures of the New World (including a view of the Temple of Tulum), on verso with painted rocaille and an index for a photograph collection, unclear signed and dated: 1892, length 35,5 cm, c. 1865. I would say that the amount paid for the acquisition at the auction was quite a good price for this more peculiar historical item. ©Diana Mandache

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