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Fire screen


Object number

RIF5147

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

45 x 21 x 18 in. (114.3 x 53.34 x 45.72 cm)

Date

1750–1770

Current location

Colonel Daniel Putnam Association

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple or yellow poplar (stretcher for leather); embossed and painted leather; wallpaper; brass (hardware)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Godfrey Malbone (1724–1785), Newport, Rhode Island, and Brooklyn, Connecticut; by descent to Mary Putnam Fogg (1843–1928), Brooklyn, Connecticut; bequeathed to Mary Putnam Clewly, Brooklyn, Connecticut; given to the Colonel Daniel Putnam Association, Putnam Elms, Brooklyn, Connecticut, 1928

Associated names

Godfrey Malbone
Mary Putnam Fogg
Mary Putnam Clewley

Construction

A detachable turned finial is set upon the top of a cylindrical rod. A rectangular mahogany frame containing a different fragment of eighteenth-century wallpaper on each side moves upon the rod by means of two leather-lined brass rings, each fitted with two screws (one fitted additionally with a tightening screw). The rod fits into a circular hole in the top of a ring- and vase-turned, partially spherically carved pedestal with an incurvate triangular base. Three cabriole legs fit into the base, each with a dovetail joint reinforced by a metal staple, with one joint containing two staples. There is a circular hole in the middle of the underside of the pedestal, as well as prominent rasp marks. The rounded legs end in shod snake feet. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, September 14, 2011; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd