Fan with tortoiseshell sticks, one guard set with a gold and diamond crown and diamond monogram.
The skin leaf is painted on the recto in monochrome with two female figures in traditional dress; signed and dated Paul Jamin, 1884. The verso is lined with black taffeta and painted in gold with two griffins and a crowned 'M'.
This fan belonged to Princess Mathilde (1820-1904). Born in Trieste, Mathilde Laetitia Wilhelmine Bonaparte married Prince Anatole Demidoff of San Donato in 1840 - they separated four years later. Her Salon was one of the most important in Paris even after the fall of her cousin, the Emperor Napoleon III.