Tiny needlepoint stitches create a background for that 3-D chenille stitch embroidered hound and stag. The canvas is open work linen and they're both set onto a pair of face screens by way of mount on a woven French fabric. The screens are in nice shape, but there are some stains on that woven fabric. I have done nothing to try to clean them. They have no odor, but some water-like stain visible (see images) which might improve or disappear if worked a bit with damp cloth - not certain. Handles are superb hand carved ones, as shown. All in all, a nice set and particularly by subject matter, Perfect to frame and display. 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.
Good to very good condition, as noted above and as shown. Some water stain to the fabric. No breaks to handles. The fan part is a bit limp at the cross-point of handle and so if you try to use these, they do tilt at the bend. Likely a card liner that would have given them some stiffness and which has now stopped doing so. But they're fabulous if you want to frame them or lean them against top of mantel for display. Measurements noted on photos.
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