The beautiful face screen pair you see here is a stunning old French set, beautifully hand painted in oil on silk which is stretched on a wire form - the finest quality and most appealing ones we've found in the past are these hand painted ones, always the most popular for decorating, collecting. The painting on each is a farmyard scene which is beautifully done, a work of art on this functional pair of old face screens. A wonderful hen or rooster each colored beautifully, well preserved but for the one split in the old silk, visible on our photos for review. These are wonderful hung as art, by the way, either in frame or just as you see it. The turned wood handles have been painted with a nice gilt which remains beautiful. While you note the age there, as you can see, they still remain lovely and would be great protected within a frame. This one is a rare matching pair (rare to find them still in the matching pairs, but we do have some others available, just ask). The screens and handles are in very good condition for age and type, quite rare to find without more damage. Whether you frame and hang them, or rest them on the mantel or on a fireside table, you'll love the decorative quality of these Victorian screens. A 'must' for any fine Victorian home, these decorated hand screens were made available for guests who gathered for evenings of socializing, music, conversation, and were specifically designed to allow a lady to sit close to the warming fire, but not end up with red blotches on her face from the fire's heat. You know that the makeup a lady wore in those days would have been wax based, and one always ran the risk of it melting and running, as well, so you can plainly see how vital these were to any host or hostess who expected to regain the company of their visitors.
Very good condition throughout, with one or two splits in the old silk which is almost always found on the silk ones, a flaw as typical for these old painted screens. No chips or cracks or breaks in the handles, also unusual. The handles are firmly affixed, strong. This is a pair screens you could proudly use as the Victorians did, though remember that silk is fragile, so perhaps best framed and hang or displayed as decorative accent in your home. These go fabulously with frame or without, hung flanking your fireplace mirror or painting, by the way, and are superb for Country French, English Country Manor, traditional or just about any decor. A very Victorian item, face screens, and difficult to find in the fine condition you see here. The oil paintings are the most sought after, of course, and this one won't last long.
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