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).
The craftsman hand cuts the silk lurex 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 marabout feathers.
African ebony shaped by a tabletier maker in Spain. Marabout feathers supplied by Maison Février, Paris. Lurex. Hand-fan height 11 inches. Width 21,7 inches.