This Louis XVI period giltwood firescreen is a rather unique find. Typically firescreens from this period (the late 1700’s) were produced with a tapestry or needlepoint body; this particular piece has a solid colored (gold) silk upholstery screen which meshes well with the giltwood frame. Firescreens were used during warmer months to cover the opening of the fireplace.
The detachable crest (which can be removed to replace or reupholster the screen) has bell shaped finials on the shoulders that are connected by a raised carving. These elements are surrounded by slightly spiral gadrooning. Beneath the crest is a repeating laurel leaf motif that runs all the way around the border. The ornamentation is double sided. Louis XVI firescreens typically had biped feet that were adorned with acanthus leaves; this firescreen has both of those elements. This piece also has reeded side rails which resemble thin balusters; another staple of Louis XVI firescreens.
This large,French firescreen retains it’s beautiful original gilding and exudes a simplistic elegance. You use the screen as is or re-upholster it with any fabric, needlepoint, or tapestry of your choosing.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with slight age separations, minor rubbing and chipping, allowing the red bole to be visible in some spots.
H – 46, W – 28, D – 17
Period French Louis XVI Giltwood Firescreen, Circa 1780
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