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Antique Victorian Era English Beadwork Firescreen, Perfect Panel for Pillow Top
Antique Victorian Era English Beadwork Firescreen, Perfect Panel for Pillow Top
Antique Victorian Era English Beadwork Firescreen, Perfect Panel for Pillow Top
Antique Victorian Era English Beadwork Firescreen, Perfect Panel for Pillow Top
Antique Victorian Era English Beadwork Firescreen, Perfect Panel for Pillow Top
Antique Victorian Era English Beadwork Firescreen, Perfect Panel for Pillow Top
Antique Victorian Era English Beadwork Firescreen, Perfect Panel for Pillow Top
Antique Victorian Era English Beadwork Firescreen, Perfect Panel for Pillow Top
Antique Victorian Era English Beadwork Firescreen, Perfect Panel for Pillow Top
Antique Victorian Era English Beadwork Firescreen, Perfect Panel for Pillow Top
Antique Victorian Era English Beadwork Firescreen, Perfect Panel for Pillow Top

Antique Victorian Era English Beadwork Firescreen, Perfect Panel for Pillow Top

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These large glass beadwork screens would have hung on a clamp apparatus with hinged extending arm to create an adjustable barrier for someone seated near the fireplace. Smaller ones were made up into hand-held face screens, but this size worked best to protect a lady seated at her needlework, for instance, where hands needed to be free. This one is entirely glass beads, worked one at a time in something like a needlepoint stitch. And this one is nearly pristine. The canvas remains supple, and while I wouldn't use it for a pillow top that will be lounged upon a whole lot, it will make up into a gloriously opulent one for decorator use. I envision it on a bed. The beaded portion is 14.5" wide and 18" long to the point of the bottom of shield-shaped form, or 15.5" long to the beginning of the outer curve. Most people use the entire shield form for a large pillow, often atop larger panel of silk or velvet, then added fringe. 

Very good to excellent condition for age and type. It is early-mid Victorian, c.1840s, and every tiny bead is brilliant with color. It's cloudy here today so it's not shimmering its color as it would on a sunnier day for photos. No flash used. There are gold metallic beads used, too. And as you can see, there is a generous canvas remaining around the beadwork to make the process of making it up into a down-filled and opulent throw pillow a much easier project. These are fun, and go together easily and without much serious skill needed. You can do it!