A type of firescreen, consisting usually of a square, rectangular, oval or shield-shaped piece of tapestry or embroidery, attached to an adjustable brass or wooden stem on a tripod base. They were designed to protect the face from the fire. There were also smaller versions made, designed to stand on a table. Another type of polescreen, usually known as a banner screen does not have a frame, but a tapestry hanging from a horizontal pole attached to the upright.
A Victorian rosewood pole screen, mid 19th century, with a glazed cartouche shaped needlework panel depicting lilies, roses and other blooms upon a spiral twist stem and supported on splayed and scrolled tripod legs. Height 140 cm. Width 50.5 cm
Two early Victorian mahogany pole screens, of typical form, one with a needlepoint tapestry panel, the other with a silk-work panel, raised on turned column and out-swept legs, 141 cm & 136 cm high (2)
An Australian cedar pole screen, circa 1840, the rectangular needle point screen within a cedar frame, raised on a pole above a bulbous turned stand with a triform platform base, raised on bun feet 134 cm high. Provenance: 'The Hermitage Collection', the O
An Australian cedar pole screen, circa 1840, the rectangular needle point screen within a cedar frame, raised on a pole above a bulbous turned stand with a triform platform base, raised on bun feet. Height 134 cm
A Georgian needlepoint pole screen, circa 1820, the rectangular screen complete with hanging needlepoint feature in front supported by an extendable turned central rail and raised upon three splayed feet. Height 140 cm (unextended)
A mid 19th century mahogany pole screen, on a triform base with an inverted baluster column, the framed adjustable screen with foliate carving housing a very fine wool work with bead and tapestry accents featuring a parrot within a foliate surround, height
Walnut Victorian pole screen with an oval top, finely carved decorations, a petit-point embroidered tapestry, a floriate holder, a carved and turned baluster, a tripod base, three heavily carved and shaped legs and scroll supports
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