TWO PAIR LADIES’ CUSTOM MADE DECO EVENING SHOES, 1920’s.
One robin’s egg blue suede with gold leather straps and Louis heel, having diamond shaped insert with black and gold floral pattern and jeweled dome buttons. One black and gold Florentine pattern leather with gold trim and Louis heel, jeweled dome buttons.
Hi, I was wondering if you perhaps knew what the pretty round fans are called that the girls in a lot of these photos have? They're so pretty!
Hi, thanks for the question!
Those pretty round fans are called “tuanshan/团扇”. Please check out my “tuanshan” tag for information and photos. In particular, Mingsonjia has a really informative post on tuanshan here.
Also known as the “rigid fan” or “fixed fan”, the tuanshan is made of cloth (usually silk) stretched over a frame, or of woven bamboo threads. The cloth is often painted or embroidered with natural imagery: flowers, birds, butterflies, scenery, etc. The handle can be long or short.
Tuanshan are usually round (they were originally shaped to resemble the moon), but they come in many different shapes.
(Note: all tuanshan shown here are from 霜天晓角李晶.) Hope this helps!