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Pair of Antique embroidered and feathered Face Screens with fringed edges. C 1820 

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Ref:   141fs    http://hygra.com/face/141fs 

Pair of Antique embroidered and feathered Face Screens with fringed edges. Circa 1820.

These truly delightful screens must have been made by a person of idiosyncratic taste. A free spirit who was not shy about standing out of the crowd. Eccentric, weird and wonderful, it is a miracle how their delicate construction survived to this day. The embroidery is fine, especially the floral swags on which the birds perch. The symmetrical design surrounding the birds is executed with the utmost control. There are beads framing the whole, giving it a subtle sheen. The silk fringe would have danced as the person holding the screen moved.

These are one off, some artistic person’s personal, individual, whimsy.

The ivory handles which are turned and carved are of incredibly high quality. Obviously the screens were thought to be worth the best. Quite right. I can see the laughing face peeping from behind, a mocking triumphant smile at the envy of the company-what screens!    

Origin: UK ;  Circa: 1820 ; Materials: silk, feathers, ivory.

Size:  Screen 9.2 cm wide by19.5 (wide part) cm; handle 21.25 cm long: 7.7 inches wide by 9 inches; handle 8.2 inches.

Condition:  Please refer to the above photographs for details of condition.

Keywords: Hygra.com, Antique box, Antique Face Screen, fan, fire screen, embroidery, Embroidery in feathers. ornamental turning,

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These truly delightful screens must have been made by a person of idiosyncratic taste. A free spirit who was not shy about standing out of the crowd. Eccentric, weird and wonderful, it is a miracle how their delicate construction survived to this day. 

The embroidery is fine, especially the floral swags on which the birds perch. The symmetrical design surrounding the birds is executed with the utmost control. 

There are beads framing the whole, giving it a subtle sheen. The silk fringe would have danced as the person holding the screen moved. 

Please click on images to enlarge |  slide show  | thumbnail index |

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The embroidery is fine, especially the floral swags on which the birds perch. The symmetrical design surrounding the birds is executed with the utmost control. 

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Please click on images to enlarge |  slide show  | thumbnail index |

The embroidery is fine, especially the floral swags on which the birds perch. The symmetrical design surrounding the birds is executed with the utmost control. 

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Please click on images to enlarge |  slide show  | thumbnail index |

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The silk fringe would have danced as the person holding the screen moved. 


These are one off, some artistic person’s personal, individual, whimsy.

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The ivory handles which are turned and carved are of incredibly high 
quality.

Please click on images to enlarge |  slide show  | thumbnail index |

 

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The ivory handles which are turned and carved are of incredibly high quality.

It is so accurately formed that they must have been turned on a complex ornamental lathe. 

See: Ornamental Turning

 

The ivory handles which are turned and carved are of incredibly high quality.

It is so accurately formed that they must have been turned on a complex ornamental lathe. 

 

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