18th-century French art was dominated by the Baroque, Rocaille and neoclassical movements.. History. In France, the death of Louis XIV in September 1715 led to a period of licentious freedom commonly called the Régence.
Fans in the 18th century were made from a wide variety of materials depending on their style and purpose. During the 18th century fans were a fashion accessory and thus were made from the fashionable materials of the time. Sticks and handles. Sticks and handles could be made of gold, tortoise shell, ivory, mother-of-pearl, horn, or wood.