The « Cabriolet » shape is a classic of the French hand-fan tradition. The distinctive feature of this shape is the aperture cut parallel to the Grand Tour (top of the leaf) and to the Petit Tour (bottom of the leaf). In this creation, Lady Amherst pheasant feathers are used to crown the silk.
The craftsman hand-cuts the silk leaf in one gesture to create the aperture distinctive of the cabriolet shape. These two parts of the leaf are then pleated and as they are assembled to the sticks, the craftsman inlays the feathers.
African ebony shaped by a tabletier maker in Spain. Lady Amherst pheasant feathers supplied by a French plumassier. Silk. Hand-fan height 9,8 inches (without the feathers). Width 17,7 inches (without the feathers).