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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A gilt brass firescreen with central Putti cartouche together with two fire implements, 72 cm high, 70 cm wide

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

Fire screen: French, late 19th century carved walnut & floral tapestry. Height 106 cm, width 64 cm

A timber framed applied embroidered dragon design fire screen together with a set of bellows

A brass fender with lion paw feet, a fire screen and implements

A brass fire screen, fire dogs and implements and coal scuttle

An antique rosewood framed fire screen with needlework pheasant insert

A Victorian mahogany metamorphic firescreen with three slide-action panels; on stretcher base. Closed height 93 cm. Closed width 52 cm.

A Victorian mahogany fire screen with needle work panel, turned carved supports and scroll foot base. 70 cm width, 128 cm high

French sculptured brass fire screen. 78 cm high, 64 cm wide.

A Victorian walnut fire screen, the arched top inset with wool work on end fluted columns, each with out swept supports. 149 cm high, 85 cm wide.

A French walnut and tapestry fire screen, 19th century, rectangular, a gentle arched pediment with scroll and floral designs, a fluted frame with decorative apron enclosing a wool tapestry depicting frivolities and birds in a landscape, pleated fabric to t

A Victorian carved mahogany fire screen 19th century, decorated in the rococo style with carved cabriole legs and with later needlework. Height 143 cm

Antique Victorian mahogany fire screen with needle work panel, turned carved supports and base

Good William IV carved rosewood turned stretcher based firescreen, with handworked tapestry under glass depicting monkey with wolves, 115 x 66 cm

Victorian mahogany fire screen c.1860's, with needlework tapestry picture, pull up extension screen. Height 101 cm. Width 56 cm

A mahogany Edwardian fire screen with swan neck pediment above a panel with inset tapestry.

A late19th century Art Nouveau brass fire screen, with inset naturalistic leadlight panel.

A Dutch painted dummy board figure fire screen, 18th century and later

A Victorian mahogany fire screen, the moulded rectangular frame with pierced trailing foliate crest and conforming apron enclosing a needlepoint floral still life suspended between a pair of spiral-turned supports United by a conforming stretcher, raised o

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 Louis XVI style gilt wood firescreen, 19th century, the scrolling acanthus carved surround raised on four similarly decorated out swept legs 67 cm wide, 114 cm high

A William IV English pole fire screen c.1840, mahogany and veneer with needlework silk screen height 142 cm

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

A French Louis XV style walnut fire screen with inset period tapestry. Height 100 cm. Width 71 cm

A mid Victorian walnut firescreen display of exotic birds by Ashmead & Co., arranged on delicate moss-covered branches and foliage and comprising a male green violet-ear hummin GBird, two male golden-headed manakins and two male eastern striped manakins, s

A good Victorian carved oak fire screen, made by Johnstone Jeane & Co, the foliate and acanthus leaf carved top rail above a central glass panel and opposing sliding glass panels on end supports United by a fluted and turned stretcher on a bronze sleigh ba

A folk art fire screen with Kiwiana shell Decorations. Height 76 cm. Width 78 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.

Mahogany fire screen. Oriental silk embroidered cranes decoration (possibly later replacement). Brass feet, c.1890's. Height 108 cm, and W 64 cm

A set of antique brass and wrought iron fire irons and a reproduction brass fire screen

Impressive Victorian well carved mahogany and tapestry fronted firescreen