A Victorian, Napoleon III (c.1850-70) papier mache face screen, very good condition with hand painted figural and architectural art - Chinoiserie or Japonaise fashion/ style that was popular in the French Empire period and also Empire Revival era during the reign of Napoleon III (c.1850-70), Victorian era. The black painted stick is lathe-turned, very nicely preserved, but does show a split on backside where it's joined to the screen. 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, no big sections chipped off so the serpentine and fluted outer form is quite well preserved with a few spots of roughness. I've marked those with 'x' for your review. Note also the handle has a wood split (repaired) where it joins the screen on the backside. Measurements noted on photos.
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