Learn about Fire Screen

Firesceeens take various forms, with their purpose being to shield occupants of a room from the heat of the flames of a fire. For protective purposes the most effective type of firescreen is made from metal such as brass with decorative grille, which follows the outline of the hearth. However these are a 20th century inventions, and prior to this firescreen were largely made from wood.

Another type of firescreen is the polescreen, which consists of a frame on a pole, with a tripod base. The frames were usually heavily carved and often enclosed a tapestry or beaded panel. The height of the screen could be adjusted to suit the user by sliding the screen up or down the pole to protect the face.

A framed screen on legs that approximated the site of the fireplace is another type of firescreen. This type of screen was usually placed in front of the fireplace when it was not in use, to hide the untidyness of the hearth. The frames of these screens were often gilded or heavily carved and polished and the frame may contain a painted panel or tapestry. A variant of this type of screen had sliding panels to each side that extended the width of the screen. more...
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Robert Prenzel (1866-1941) Mountain Ash fire screen, circa 1910, central panel depicting two kookaburras perched on gum nut branch, carved with a waratah motif, framing the two top edges, 87 x 76 cm

Australian folk art four fold fire screen each panel carved with possum, kookaburra & two brolgas, circa late 19th century. Height 92 cm, width 134 cm

An Australian blackwood three panel screen by Robert Prenzel and Johann Treede, circa 1890, circa 1905, unsigned, the three fold screen carved as individual panels of alternating heights, each displaying foliate flourishes in high relief to the top and wit

A rare Australian Lyre bird feather fire screen 52 x 31 cm

Australian school a blackwood fire screen, the rectangular screen inset with three pierced and carved gum nut and leaf panels, 85 x 74 cm.

Large blackwood firescreen carved with kangaroo Gumnut and leaf pattern (tapestry insert missing)

Beaten copper fire screen titled 'The Bush Hut', decorated with gum trees in the background