Wooden Fan, hand signed by multiple artists between 1893 and 1907. Fan belonged to German mezzo-soprano/contralto Therese Rothauser (1865-1943), a famous interpreter of Mozart and a leading performer in Leipzig and Berlin.
Rothauser, who was jewish, tragically perished in 1943 during the holocaust while being captive in Theresiendstadt concentration camp.
Fan is full of signatures on both sides (we counted a total of 60), from artists, mostly singers but also some composers, conductors and actors.
Names include some famous artists, such as Enrico Caruso (who signed twice), Fedor Chaliapin, Victor Maurel, Siegfried Wagner (Richard Wagner´s son), Rosa Sucher, Franz Betz, Theodor Reichmann, Francesco D´Andrade, Karl Muck, Eugene D´Albert, Arturo Vigna and others.
SIDE A - 29 signatures, from top to bottom: mezzo-soprano Therese Rothauser (the fan owner), soprano Thila Plaichinger, actress Maria Popischil, unidentified artist, actor Ferdinand Suske, baritone Theodor Reichmann, soprano Ida Hiedler, bass Vittorio Arimondi, actor Oscar Sauer, actor Ludwig Barnay, baritone Francesco D´Andrade, 2 unidentified artist signatures, soprano Aino Ackté, composer and pianist Eugen D´Albert, composer, manager and conductor Siegfried Wagner (son of Richard Wagner), conductor Arturo Vigna, baritone Otto Schelper, 2 unidentified artist signatures, actor Max Pohl, actor Georg Engels, soprano Emilie Herzog, actor Josef Kainz, 2 unidentified artist signatures, actress Teresina Sommerstorff, actor Otto Sommerstorff, conductor Karl Muck.
SIDE B - 31 signatures, from top to bottom: unidentified artist, actress Marie Kahle Kessler, unidentified artist, soprano Virginia Guerrini, actor Richard Kahle (husband of Marie Kessler), soprano Anna Schramm, bass Fedor Chaliapin, actress Amanda Lindner, unidentified artist, actor Josef Nesper, actor Wilhelm Arndt, 3 unidentified artist signatures, baritone George Baklanoff, baritone Victor Maurel, soprano Maria de Macchi, actor/director Adolf Klein, star tenor Enrico Caruso, 2 unidentified artist signatures, soprano Rosa Sucher, soprano Elisabeth Leisinger, actor Adalbert Matkowsky, star tenor Enrico Caruso (2nd signature), tenor Emil Götze, composer Joseph Sucher, unidentified artist, bass-baritone Franz Betz and star soprano Lilli Lehmann.
Fan spans 26.75 x 14.5 inches when fully open, each wooden blade is 13.5 inches long, is in excellent condition.
This is a truly fantastic, quite unique historical item, in excellent condition.
See photographs of both sides, each in both horizontal and vertical position.
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