Extremely rare Victorian original painted cast iron table adjustable face fire screen fan holding an original PPM lithopane depicting a girl holding a cat. Overall the holder measures at present without being fully extended 14" tall by 5" wide. It has a rocky type base that rises to support a cast iron tree that extends upwards and forms the frame for the lithopane. Perched in the branches is a squirrel. The porcelain lithopane measures 5 1/4" by 4 3/8". Lithopanes were developed in the 1860's. It was a very clever form of optical porcelain. The detail and shading in the pictures is made purely by varying depths of the white porcelain, a 2D negative as it were. With no light behind it a lithopane looks to be an interesting but almost uninspiring thing. When a candle or fire or bulb was put behind one, a wondrously detailed image can be seen. The paint surface on the cast iron holder is old and worn, I am unsure if it's the original paint but if it IS a touch up it was one that was done long ago. Dates to the 1870's.
Item ID: 0001265
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