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 French Empire to Napoleon III (c.1800-50) silk embroidery on silk screen, trimmed in gold embossed paper trim. Apart from some dust of ages, it is in good condition with hand embroidered figural art - harlequin, or masked cavalier with sword in hand. The foil paper edge trim is seen on items from late 1700s through 1820s on decorative boxes for chocolatier's, confectioners, and is a fashion/ style that was popular in the French Empire period. The fine wood stick/handle is lathe-turned, very nicely preserved. The silk is quite nice, though needs someone to clean it a bit around edges. Not a hand fan, proper, they're hand-held fire screens. 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, not much loss to stitching or fabric, but some darkening from dust. The heavy card screen is backed with embossed pink paper. Pretty from either side. Lots of photos for your review. Measurements noted on photos.
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