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Antique Victorian Papier Mache Face Screen, Oil Painting of Exotic Pheasants
A single face screen, not perfect, but perfectly gorgeous to use in decoration. This is a c.1850s Victorian face screen, entirely hand painted in the most popular manner with the exotic birds, flowers, and copious amounts of gold rocaille. The handle is turned wood, painted black. These were made in pairs, but we have just the one. They were offered to guests to hold up and protect faces from the ravages of direct heat from large Victorian era open fireplaces, and were popular in any well-appointed Victorian home. The papier mache ones are my favorites, and the ones that retain their lovely oil paintings rise to the level of fine art, as is the case with this one. Measurements are noted on our photos.
Very good condition. The papier mache screen is in quite fine form considering age and type. Usually these would have suffered substantial damage over the centuries, on the scalloped and elaborately sculpted ridges, but I find only 2 very small chips on this one and neither detracts from the form. I've noted those with an 'x' on image for your review. There is a bit of lacquer crackling typical of the materials, too, and you can review that well in our images front and back. The handle has been adhered to the screen with glue, it appears, rather than with small metal hardware, but it is firm and solid. Lovely for display or to frame and hang.
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