The leaf of this 1890-1900 fan carries the signature of Ronot-Tutin. He was a French fan painter who specialized in floral fan leaves. The top part of the leaf is painted silk gauze, with a panel of bobbin lace below. Although Ronot-Tutin has painted the pansies very realistically, their bright color and size were not in keeping with French tastes at the time. He may have made this fan for an English customer, or for someone who wanted a fan to match a particular dress.