Antique French face screen, 19th century

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A pretty antique, 19th century, French face screen.

It has a lovely turned wooden handle affixed to the fan with a brass mount.

The top of the screen is a light oval wooden panel with two different scenes on each side, one is a country Manor scene with landscape and a man fishing on a lake, the second is a neo classical style scene with a dog and large bird.

A lot of the image exhibits fade / wear.

Face screens were originally used to shield the face from heat from a fire or stove, this had a dual purpose to it, one being preventing a red flush to the skin which would be considered unbecoming, the second was to prevent the thick white makeup used by ladies in the early Victorian era from 'melting' in the heat.

Screen fans are said to be the oldest recorded style of fan with roots dating back to 13th century and taking inspiration from palm leaves or bird wings.

Good strong used condition, wear to the images in both sides and surface wear commensurate with age.

Approx measurements:
15" total length
9" fan / screen width
7.25" fan / screen length

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