A pair of giltwood and gesso pole screens, circa 1800.

With stems carved as ribbon-tied fasces, leafy socles and tricorn platforms on lion’s paw feet, 170cm.

The screens of embroidered silk with coronet crests.

The 1804 Burghley Inventory records: ‘No. 53, State Bed Room…2 Tripods gilt fire screens.’

These have been attributed to the London firm of Fell and Newton, later known as James Newton, which supplied furniture to Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793) and in particular to his nephew Henry, 10th Earl, and from 1801, 1st Marquess of Exeter (1754-1804).


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