French Empire Mahogany Antique Fire Screen w/ Bronze Mounts & Tapestry(284 views)
FRENCH EMPIRE MAHOGANY FIRESCREEN WITH GILT BRONZE MOUNTS
France c. 1810-20
Item # 1402KRP28-P
A very fine presentation piece, this French Empire Mahogany Antique Fire Screen frames an original hand stitched tapestry depicting a classical scene of a figure kneeling while tending to the trunk of a tree. The tree is sawn midsection, but fresh branches and foliage have sprouted from the cut and a large vine crawls snakes it's way from the ground. The scene is framed octagonally and the panel is edged with a beige linen. The fire screen was crafted to allow this scene to be changed, as regular use would certainly result in it's deterioration before the fireplace - by lifting the projecting crest of the screen, the entire tapestry lifts from the grooves within which it is set on a rectangular frame. Here it can be removed and a fresh tapestry tacked along the edges - we are not certain that this current tapestry is original, as you would have to remove the edges to see if prior tacks are visible, but it is a fine early example of hand stitching that is at least very close to the circulation date (if not original). The distinct classical influence in this architectural work is apparent in it's austerity - the crest is a squared and somewhat severe rectangular plank of solid mahogany, embellished with a floral rosette of very fine chased details and flanked by anthemions that seem to sprout floral bouquets at the end. Forward and outward facing sides of the corners are finished in floral rosettes over the tapered corinthian columns raising the pressed brass cylindrical mount, each column terminating in a squat brass mount. The legs dovetail into the square block corners to oppose the through tenon of the turned column, the stretcher joining perpendicular to these with a dovetail of equal size. The legs are beautifully proportionate to the overall form, of perfect size and only subtle taper to terminate in square molded brass caster feet. An absolutely gorgeous little piece in remarkably well preserved condition, it will without a doubt be a thrilling acquisition for any passionate collector of the Classical periods. While clearly of French origin, it melds very nicely with English Regency and American Classical designs, not overwhelming a setting but rather supplementing a rich and vivid decor.
Tapestry heavily discolored, probably smoke damage; tapestry backing is torn in several spots. Five original gilt rosettes, three replaced rosettes (top right, top mid, bottom mid); we have not removed the other mounts to examine for originality. Veneer damage to right and left sides of where legs come together. Wonderful deep cognac mahogany tones. Original caster feet. Slight "lean" from being ever so slightly uneven - somewhat visible in the pictures, not particularly notable to the eye.
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Notes: $145 shipping to most locations in the Continental U.S. Shipment may be via common freight carrier (10-15 business days) or by FedEx/UPS depending on dimensions. A lift-gate (for common freight carrier) is available upon request for an additional $65. Please review all shipping notes for details. (Shipping code 100)
Dimensions: 36 3/4" high x 22 1/16" wide x 13 9/16" deep (at feet)
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