Bevy of Cherubs

Parmentier E. (Painter), Alexandre Félix (Maker)

The Fan Museum

The Fan Museum
London, United Kingdom

Fan with carved and gilt mother of pearl sticks, the guards carved in high relief with putti ascending a maypole.

The double canepin leaf is painted on the recto with putti bearing a garland of polychrome flowers; signed E. Parmentier.

The verso is painted with a Spanish crown and four winged insects; signed Alexandre.

Parmentier, E. (French, d. 1875)
Probably Eugénie Parmentier née Morin. She features in the Paris Salon of 1859 – 1867 with miniatures and portraits, and obtained a medal in 1864.

Alexandre, Félix. (French, b. 1823)
Designer and painter, who rose to fame during the 1850s to become fan-maker to Empress Eugenie, the Queen of the Netherlands and Queen Victoria. He was one of the first fan makers to employ fashionable painters and designers.


  • Title: Bevy of Cherubs
  • Creator: Parmentier E. (Painter), Alexandre Félix (Maker)
  • Date Created: circa 1860
  • Location: France
  • Physical Dimensions: 29 cm
  • Type: Fan
  • Medium: Mother of pearl, canepin, gold, paint

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