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) papier mache face screen, very good condition with hand painted figural art - Elegant Orient Mann, Chinoiserie or Japonaise fashion/ style that was popular in the French Empire period. The gold painted stick/handle is lathe-turned, very nicely preserved, but does show a split on backside where it's joined to the screen. 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, lobes of the outer carved and painted lotus-like leaves/corners each have a chip and I've marked those with 'x' both from the front face and the backside for your review. Pretty from either side, each hand painted. Lots of photos for your review. Measurements noted on photos.
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