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Object ID # 1957.027.022
Object Name Screen, Table
Other Name Screen, Face
Title Victorian Face Screen
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Date 19th-century
Artist Paterson, Anne Jane
Made Paterson (née Foster), Anne Jane
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Grey County
Description Ornamental, Victorian table face screen with green needlepoint background and beaded floral design worked in cream, light, medium and dark brown. A light brown braided trim is attached at the edges and a braided green, brown fringe is attached along the bottom edge. The panel is sewn onto a decorative brass stand with round base embossed with leaves and grapes. One of a pair (see RELATED item).
Provenance The screen was hand-made by Anne Jane Paterson (née Foster), an exceptional needlewoman. It is unknown 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 a Mid-Victorian item. 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 Mrs. Martha J. Urquhart (nee Paterson) of Owen Sound, Ontario.

Collection Household Equipment, 19th-c Collection
Material Fabric/Bead, Glass/Embroidery Thread/Brass/Fringe
Dimensions W-18.5 L-52.6 D-10.3 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Paterson (Patterson), Robert "Bobby Cash"
Paterson (Patterson), Anne Jane
Urquhart, Martha J.
Subjects Needlework
Search Terms Victorian
Function There were tabletop versions of firescreens (embroidered or beaded), "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]
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Minnhinnick, Jeanne, AT HOME IN UPPER CANADA, p. 28