of Antique papier mâché Face Screens painted with figures among classical
screens combine the awareness of the classical world, a must for every person
with aspirations to erudition, with the romanticism of the 19th
century. They were painted as a special commission or with a view to appealing
to a patron eager to appear up to date with the intellectual trends of the
of the screens features two couples in what appears to be a forest with ruined
temples. Is this also a reference to Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s
Dream: a wood near
? It is night with the moon appearing to shed light on the proceedings.
ruins on the other screen are Egyptian and the figures of the men look Roman.
A reference to
and Cleopatra? Although we have no moon this time, the source of light comes
again from the centre of the sky, beautifully reflected both on the water and
the highlights on the temple and the light clothing.
used prints and pictures disseminated by artist-travellers to copy foreign and
exotic elements. Often these were re-interpreted, or imbued with romanticism
and enriched with associations to more accessible culture.
used these screens was not short of topics of conversation!
handles are turned, carved and gilded.
UK ; Circa: 1860; Materials: papier mâché and
Size: Screen 22.5 cm
wide by22.5 cm; handle 23.5 cm long:8.8 inches wide by 8.8
inches; handle 9.1inches.