I bought a collection of these fabulous French face screens, dating late 1700s through about c.1850, some in pairs, some singles - all art worthy of framed display.
This one is a single, is pre-Victorian, Louis-Philippe to Napoleon III (c.1820-70) artist signed oil painted silk face screen pair (2), very good condition with hand painted figural art - charming country scenes with a young man on one, young woman on the other. The gold painted sticks/handles are lathe-turned, very nicely preserved, tightly attached to the wire-framed painted silk. Face screens in Victorian times: These were used to provide visitors a hand-held protective screen so they could sit next to the warmth of hearth to visit, but would not get all blotched in the face by the direct heat of those large open fireplaces in Victorian mansions. Remember, makeup of that era had wax base, and it was also the case that not only cheeks would pink and blotch, but makeup might also melt a bit and run in direct heat. So these were essential for any well-appointed Victorian home.
Very good condition for era and type, charming hand painted silk signed by the artist, going to want to frame this pair rather than use them. Silk is fragile, shows flaws and a split which I've both from the front face and the backside for your review. Pretty art work, each hand painted but missing a silk backing, if that's what they initially had. Lots of photos for your review. Large. Measurements noted on photos.