In this extraordinary piece of finely carved Victorian furniture, the combination of two distinct art forms have come together to produced a wonderful fire screen. It dates to about 1850.
The woolwork embroidery depicts the first two boys of Prince Albert and the Queen in the Highlands with their pet dog. Prince Albert is on the left, the future KIng Edward VII. To his right is his sibling, Prince Alfred. They are outfitted in elaborate, traditional Scottish costumes. The fine woolwork was done so as to best bring forth all the details. They have plaid argyle knee socks, kilts, long plaid shawls, belts, collars, hanging bags and other Scottish accessories.
The children are immersed in a clearing near a loch with the majesty of the snow-covered Highlands in the background. The billowing clouds and the sky seem endless. There is an exceptional amount of detail everywhere; even the dog’s rough fur adds to the scene.
The large needlework was placed in an impressive hand-carved walnut fireplace screen that does the important task of presenting the fabulous needlework to its best advantage. The wooden screen was elaborately carved around the needlework itself, as well as the upright posts and splayed feet that support this magnificent work of art. The color and patina of the walnut screen is beautiful on their own. It has turned a dark and rich dark brown over many years of polishing and has acquired a lustrous sheen.
There is a substantial carved wood and gesso gilded slip that keeps the needlework away from the large piece of original glass. The legs rest upon the original antique casters so that there is ease in moving around this huge piece of furniture. There is no doubt that this was intended to be a family piece and was taken to an accomplished furniture maker to complete it. As it is quite large and heavy, not only is it a substantial piece of Victorian furniture, but it will also require special handling for shipping.
The needlework is in excellent condition, with no insect damage nor staining. As with many pieces of similar age, it has some overall fading, but most of the colors are still rich with excellent color retention. The walnut fireplace screen is in superb condition. I have had it professionally polished to bring out its gorgeous color and patina. It is ready to be placed anywhere that an attention-grabber is required.
It measures a total of 55 inches high by 33 inches wide. The needlework is 24 inches wide by 30 inches high.
Large and Impressive Early Victorian Walnut Fire Screen
$1,850 $2,450 SALE