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Pole fire screen

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Fire screens protected a woman's complexion and heavy makeup from the heat and glare of the fire. They also provided a prominent place for women to display their needlework. Following a visit to Oak Hill, Reverend William Bentley, pastor of Salem's East Church, recorded that "the work of the...

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Provenance

Made for Madam Elizabeth Derby (Mrs. Nathaniel West); descended in the West family to her grandson, William C. West.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. William C. West

about 1801–1810

Object Place

Salem, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 114

Dimensions

Overall: 150.5 x 54.6 x 51.4 cm (59 1/4 x 21 1/2 x 20 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

28.373

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, embroidered basket design in gilded, beaded, and fluted oval frame

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Furniture, Tables, Stands, and Screens