These are just gorgeous! The colors are vibrant and the glass beads are in superb shape. A pair of linen canvases worked entirely in glass beads, a Victorian set made to be turned into face screens, but never made up. Someone has adhered them to a card backing, most likely theyâve been displayed in frames. One could do so again, or carefully separate from the card, and use as focal centers for a pair of opulent down-filled velvet or silk (and beadwork) throw pillows. You know the type, all elegantly fringed. These are from my private stash.
Very good to excellent condition, canvas is supple, the beadwork is not missing a single bead. This is done one bead/stitch at a time in the manner of needlepoint, and these represent weeks of hand work by some lovely Victorian woman or girl. Never made up as screens for which they would have been intended, they deserve to be framed and displayed. They've been adhered to rectangular card, stiff, for framing, but could be separated and worked into sewing project for throw pillows, I believe. I am selling them as you see them. The old glass bead screens are heavy, lovely. This pair are 9.75" at longest point, and are 7" wide (the shield). In my final photo, you see a pair that were made up. The screens were provided to guests, either in stands or with handles, and used to protect the face from the direct heat of a roaring fire when visiting. A lovely traditional Victorian or Napoleon III era accoutrements for any well-appointed home, they're mostly decorative now.
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