Pole fire screen

about 1775–1790


Object Place: Probably Newburyport, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 113

Dimensions

Overall: 156.2 x 31.1 cm (61 1/2 x 12 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

39.692

Medium or Technique

Mahogany

On View

James and Darcy Marsh Gallery (Gallery 121D)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tables, stands, screens

The pole of this fire screen has a vase finial and is a single piece doweled into the vase-and-baluster turned pillar. Each leg of the tripod base has a slight ridge which develops at the knee and runs to the faceted foot, which has a slightly protuding pad. The underside of the legs and the pillar are notched. There is a simple oval mahogany screen with beaded edge, and with a spring retainer on the upper sliding ring. Below the screen is a shelf, which slides on two rings, the upper with a spring retainer. The shelf is a half-octagon in form and has an applied bead around the edge. It is formed of two pieces, and folds down when the small iron supporting bracket is swung aside.

Provenance

Lent by Dudley Leavitt Pickman, August 22, 1928; 1939, bequeathed by the lender (Accession Date: October 11, 1939)

Credit Line

Bequest of Dudley Leavitt Pickman