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, Empire to Louis-Philippe(c.1800-30) silk chenille embroidery on silk face screen, very good condition with hand embroidered manner of work fashion/ style that was popular in the late 1700s to French Empire period. The gold painted stick/handle is lathe-turned, very nicely preserved, too. The incredible woven braided passementerie outer trim is rare and amazing. Over 1/2" wide and 14" in depth, it remains in very good condition. 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 to excellent condition for era and type, heavy moire silk is in very good condition, both from the front face and the backside for your review. Pretty from either side, with such a fun embroidery, 2 birds and if you look very closely, each has a tiny glass eye, too. Lots of photos for your review. Measurements noted on photos.
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