You know, we've had some really beautiful old face screen pairs over the years, and often times just the handles and frames themselves are as striking and lovely all on their own. It was this set's frames/handles that appealed to me most, though the embroidered silk screens are certainly lovely as well. VERY Victorian, Napoleon III era, these would have been available in any fine home for guests who would sit near the fireplace of an evening, chatting or listening to music together. To have had ones cheeks blushed or mottled by the heat simply would 'do', and worse yet, to have one's wax-based makeup melting in the direct heat would have been a catastrophe, so you can imagine how important these accessories really were. Of course now we love them in frames, flanking a mantel mirror or art work. This pair has a fragile silk, as noted, and which is taken into consideration in our price. But if you really want a wonderful set to put your own antique embroidered silk or decorator fabric on, here's the perfect ones to work with. The influence of Empress Eugenie's penchant for Chinoise comes through a bit in the faux-bamboo outer frame, don't you agree? Lovely!
Very good condition on the handles/framework, and moderate to good condition on the embroidered silk on this pair. There is quite a bit of the stitching missing but enough to tell what would have been there :). Some fraying, a loose thread or tow and there are a few small tears to the backs (seen in pictures). No damage or repairs to the heavy, hollow cast bronze frames or handles. See pictures for all measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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