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Victorian Beaded Needlepoint Fireplace Screen Panel, Banner with Side Tassels & Bottom Fringe
You are looking at a stunning Victorian era fireplace screen panel, which is done in a combination of colors; black wool needlepoint with raised beadwork in shades of white & gray, with metallic gold beading; the beading is absolutely spectacular & very ornate.
There is faded black cotton cording along all edges (which is now black/brown), with black silky 3" long fringe at the bottom.
Each side features a knotted cord at the top edge, with long thin cords hanging down, which has a tassel at the end.
The back is lined in what appears to be black cotton, which has a nice weight to it; this appears to be original. There are five antique metal hooks along the back top edge; there are approx. four which are missing. Unlike some fire place screens, this one does not have cardboard in between the front and back, so it's very pliable. Please note I have lightened the photo of the back lining; it is a true black color.
The overall condition is excellent, especially when you consider it is well over 100 years old. The only minor imperfections I see are: the upper left edge has some minor dirt spots (see pic #6), which will probably clean up nicely. The three large flowers are missing a few of the large beads in the center (see pic's). Some of the small "looped" white beads are missing a large bead center. Unless you are looking for them, you won't notice it. The tassels show some age related wear. The long cording on the right hangs more loosely than the other pieces. This side also hangs a bit longer than the left side, so some adjustment will be needed; this should be a very minor "fix". All in all, I would consider this fire screen to be in overall superb condition for its age.
The approximate dimensions are: 18" across the top edge & 23" long from the top edge to the bottom of the fringe in the center portion.
This is an absolutely gorgeous antique fire screen which will certainly enhance your room. Just add some metal rings on the back and place a rod through them, then hang on your wall.
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