VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price plus buy… Read more Dr Paul van Saanen was born in 1945 in Bucharest. His mother was Roumanian, and his father of Dutch nationality. He completed his studies in medicine with flying colours, specialising in internal medicine. He moved to Switzerland in 1973 to practise and to take up his true vocation. Cultured, erudite and of refined taste, he spoke several languages fluently. He travelled extensively, loving to learn and discover new things. As much as his practice allowed, he travelled to enrich his collections. His passion for fans was passed on to him from his grandmother when he was still a child. This lead to him staging an exhibition of fans in 1994 and to the production of an illustrated catalogue. Highlights of the collection on exhibition included Chinese, Japanese, Swiss, Spanish and many other fans. Dr Paul van Saanen was generous of heart and spirit - he loved to share - and so committed himself to many humanitarian causes, and notably built a dispensary in Northern Roumania entirely staffed and funded by like minded friends. Tragically, a fatal illness struck him at the height of his powers, after a life lived intensively, leaving his family, his patients and his friends with the unforgettable memory of a passionate man of taste. This is Part II of his extensive collection. Further sales will follow in 2005.
Three 18th century fans, one with silk leaf painted with five vignettes including elegant figures, shipping and a carriage and with a windmill and a bridge by a waterfall, the ivory sticks carved, pierced and silveredcirca 1785;another painted in tones of pink, with ivory stickscirca 1775;and another painted with a couple on a see-saw by a dovecot

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Three 18th century fans, one with silk leaf painted with five vignettes including elegant figures, shipping and a carriage and with a windmill and a bridge by a waterfall, the ivory sticks carved, pierced and silveredcirca 1785;another painted in tones of pink, with ivory stickscirca 1775;and another painted with a couple on a see-saw by a dovecot
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