C1870 Napoleon III, Second Empire, French Carved, Gilt Fire Screen

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Brilliantly carved in wood, and then covered in 23 ct gold leaf, both burnished and matte, this French fire screen protected many a young lady from having her wax based make up melt down her face, or from from having a peaches and cream complexion become flushed. The screen part is fine needlework, showing a girl leaning against a tree, with a church in the background. It stands 103 cm tall and 64 cm wide. Disguises ugly gas heaters wonderfully.

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