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Object ID # 1957.027.020ab
Object Name Screen, Fire
Other Name Screen, Face
Title Victorian Face Screen
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Date mid-19th century
Year Range from 1850
Year Range to 1875
Artist Paterson, Anne Jane
Made Paterson (née Foster), Anne Jane
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Canada West [Ontario]
Description Ornamental, Victorian floor face screen (a) and walnut stand (b). Screen is red with a needlepointed and beaded floral design on it's front side. The fireplace screen originally had a tall, slender, turned wooden pole on a three-legged base. The legs have ogee curves with floral decoration. The top of the pole had a decorative finial. Below the finial is a rod-like cross-piece with turned-looking, pointed ends. The screen was suspended from this. The stand has a dowel joint construction and a varnished finish. Unfortunately, the stand was partially burned in the Feb. 8, 2001 storage area fire, so it will need some restoration if function is to be restored (see CONDITION).
Provenance The screen was hand-made by Anne Jane Paterson (née Foster), an exceptional needlewoman. It is not known who manufactured the stand. Anne was married to Robert Paterson, the second mayor of the Village of Sydenham (later called the town of Owen Sound).

Likely mid-Victorian. Mr. Paterson was elected mayor in 1858, so the Patersons were at Owen Sound, Canada West, at that time.

The firescreen was found amidst the Estate items of Martha J. Urquhart (née Paterson).

Collection Household Equipment, 19th-c Collection
Material Wood/Finish/Bead, Glass/Thread/Dye
Dimensions H-156.7 W-42.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Paterson (Patterson), Anne Jane
Urquhart, Martha J.
Subjects Needlework
Search Terms Victorian
Function "Used to protect the eyes and face from the glow of firelight or candles...Elaborate stands of brass and other metals were sold as mounts for this handiwork, which graced parlour tables from 1850." [Minnhinnick]. This one is a floor-mounted type which likely stood about 60" in height and was supported by a cross-piece. There were also smaller, tabletop versions of firescreens (embroidered or beaded).