A stunning and very rare find: pair of English Georgian to Regency period silk embroidery and chenille work on silk (2) set in frames of this museum quality pair of pole screens. The stands are also elegantly crafted and have contrasting wood stringing, a 3-tier base raised on 1" bun feet of wood. The lathe-carved finials and old hardware are also complete. The old adjustable brackets all work, allowing an easy raising ow lowering of the screen to protect one from the heat of a large booming Georgian Manor's fireplaces. The embroidery is phenomenal, silk on silk of course, and figural with tomb of Shakespeare as one aspect of the oval cartouche. Elegantly dressed young ladies, loads of flowers framing them in. The gold silk has age, being 250-300 years in age, but protected well behind cover glass and within their frames, they'll remain this beautiful for several more lifetimes. These would have been made, most likely, by a young lady - embroidery being one of the things taught to elegant and noble girls/young women. Not all were taught to read in that era, but comportment, sewing, art of a sort - those were taught to women who would become wives to noblemen. I have no ID, no backstory to tell who is was who did the work. Someone 12-14 generations ago. Measurements in full are noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition throughout with consideration to age and type. RARE to find the early embroidered panels, rarer to find this set as pole screens of top quality, and still as a pair. You can see some age aspects to the gold silk upon which all the embroidery has been worked, and upon which it weighs through the centuries. No lost sections, having been kept so well under glazing. The heavy silk fabric backs also remain in fine condition, with one tear toward bottom. Finials, poles, base and brackets, all intact. One small bit of trim on top of the base, where the pole fits into, on one stand is missing. I've shown it in detail. Turned to the back, it won't be noticed. One might opt to have a woodworking expert make the little replacement and miter it to fit. The display beautifully. I never see these outside of museums, not in pairs. A rare treat for some grand home! The screens come off, shipping will be easier, safer, and more compact than one might fear. You will very likely never see a set like this available on market. They do not actually weigh 20 lbs, but we enter that to be sure the size of package will be figured accurately. Their total weight is closer to 10 lbs, simple to move.
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