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FABU Large Beadwork Needlepoint Victorian Fire Screen Panel - c. 1840-60 Masterpiece!
Made to mount on a clamp-hung and adjustable hinged aparatus that attaches to a fireplace mantel and can be extended and tilted for best protection for a person sitting near the warmth of the hearth while sewing, reading, conversing, this masterpiece of Victorian beadwork is a panel you will want to make over into the top of one of those room-defining big elegant down-filled pillows - you know the kind I mean, with lush fringe and tassles and that we all covet in all those decorator and interiors magazines we all love to buy (Veranda, Architectural Digest, etc., etc. and the late Southern Accents, which I sorely miss!). This panel is beautifully worked in single colored glass and metallic beads, one bead at a time, like the stitches for needlepoint, (ground is worked in brown wool yarn) and it must have taken years to complete. Fringed in glass beads, also, this one has all those extras in case you happen to find a missing bead somewhere in the sheild-shaped panel. Great colors which will work into any room, almost, and worked up, will be one of those pillows you see in upscale antiques cooperatives priced $1000 and upwards. Why not buy the panel and make it yourself and save beaucoup des $$.
Very good condition for age and type. I imagine there might be some beads missing in there somewhere, just based on age and averages, but I don't see any places that are devoid of beading. I'm guessing perhaps on the entire panel, only about 30 beads need a quick replace or restitch to firm them up. One or two are slightly loose on their threading. Fringe has more loss, a few string loops that no longer have beads and which you can see in the images. Some of the beads are metalic, as well, adding to the brilliant lustre of the panel. Background is worked in brown wool, also visible in our detail photos. Beautiful palette throughout! Just begs to be worked up into a big beautiful pillow! Backing is the original oilcloth, and a tiny bit of tidying of fringe will return it to original use mounted on a hinged firescreen clamp aparatus should you so desire. I do have 2 of those old aparatus if someone needs one - sold separately. Please ask if you wish to use one of our screens in original form. We will not sell them without a screen panel from our own shop, however. They're too difficult to find!
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San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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