Fan-tastic

Calling all fan-atics: At 10 a.m. June 13, the Benefit Shop Foundation’s monthly Red Carpet auction will feature a group of hand-painted antique folding fans.

            Consigned a few months ago to the Mount Kisco shop from a New York City estate, the group of around 100 fans is being divided among several auctions continuing this summer. The initial offering took place in May.

“This offering came out of the blue and we have been having fun sorting through the collection and (are) amazed at the variety here,” said Pam Stone, the shop’s founding owner. “There are several fans with bone work, others with feathers and the details are really what makes these so special. We offered a few dozen fans in May and they performed very well – one sold for over $2,000 and two for over $500 – and I think the quality in the June auction is just as good.”

            It includes a Boucher French fan ($200 to $400), with mother of pearl handles and gold-painted cherubs, birds and castles (21 by 13 inches); and a silk wood fan ($100 to $200), featuring Asian themes on both sides (24 by 14 inches).

While fans with ivory cannot be auctioned in the United States, several fans in the collection are embellished with bone. Standouts include a two-sided fan with intricately carved bone guards featuring flower and leafs motif and painted portraits of royal figures ($100 to $200; 9 by 13 inches); and a vintage/antique carved bone fan with shaped box panels, possibly faux bone, thin panels with scalloped edges and an outer panel that is decorated with intricately carved floral details (8 by 14 inches). It came in an antique paper box with a label reading “DUVELLEROY Paris.” Another beauty is painted with an Oriental outdoor scene on paper and mounted on a carved openwork bone frame, possibly faux bone, with intricate filigree and multicolored, hand-carved open work details, ($100 to $200, 10 by 14 inches).

The monthly Red Carpet sales feature choice collections of antique and mid-century modern furnishings, sterling, china, crystal, jewelry and fine art. The foundation’s goal is “to donate, to discover and to do good,” and all auction proceeds support community organizations. Consignors get a tax deduction, the buyer gets a great deal and local nonprofits get much-needed funds.

The auction will be held at 185 Kisco Ave., Suite 201, and online.

For more, visit thebenefitshop.org or call 914-864-0707.

Georgette Gouveia

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