This is a wonderful hand painted face screen dating from the mid to late 19th Century. It is made of papier mache and has a lathe-turned wooden handle.
The screen, which was used to screen lady's faces from the hot flames of their fireplace makes a wonderful decorative accessory in today's home. Many people place them on top of their mantel to add that look of antiquity.
The piece has a lovely scalloped border and an allover painted scene. The scene, done in muted shades is that of a lake with surrounding landscape. The foreground has some elaborate columns and a gothic style window. There is also a lady. Very nicely painted.
The screen has a 9 1/2" diameter. Its length is about 17 1/4". Size dictates the necessity of mailing this parcel post. There is some crazing on the papier mache and one hole at top, perhaps someone hung it on a wall. The wood handle is in good shape, but is slightly loose. Still an overall very attractive antique that would look charming in any decor.
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