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A fan signed by renowned French fan maker Alexandre and painter Edouard Moreau (1825-78), estimated at £30,000-50,000 at Tennants.

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The fan – signed by renowned French fan maker Alexandre and painter Edouard Moreau (1825-78) – is thought to have been a wedding gift for Madam Stolypina, née Princess Trubetskaya, who married Prince Semyon Vorontsov, the only son and heir of Prince Mikhail, in 1851. It is believed the fan was ordered by Queen Marie-Amelie of France from top Parisian jeweller Mellerio.

It has intricately carved ivory guards encrusted with pink, white and yellow gold, diamonds, sapphires and a coronet over the initials WV picked out in diamonds. A coat of arms combining the arms of the two families is carved in the ivory gorge with the motto Semper Immota Fides (Always Unwavering Loyalty).

Estimate £30,000-50,000.

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