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...The flat brass firescreens, pressed with embossed pictures of ships, dogs and Queen Elizabeth I, are a 20th century innovation, dating from the 1920s and 1930s.
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 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 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
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