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Photo: Courtesy The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wis., 1976.11; photo by Gavin Ashworth
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Fire screen


Object number

RIF966

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height, base: 60 3/4 in. (154.31 cm) Screen: 22 1/2 22 3/4 in. (57.15 57.785 cm)

Date

1760–80

Current location

The Chipstone Foundation

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

By descent in the Perry-Miller family, New York and Newport, Rhode Island. John Walton, Inc., Griswold and Jewett City, Connecticut; sold to Polly Mariner Stone (1898–1995) and Stanley Stone (1896–1987), Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1976; bequeathed by Stanley Stone to The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1987

Associated names

Perry-Miller family
John Walton, Inc.
Polly Mariner Stone
Stanley Stone

Construction

The pole to which the screen is attached is fitted into the top of the pedestal. Its finial is a replacement. The screen frame consists of horizontal rails tenoned into vertical rails. The screen itself is held in with circular wood-filled fasteners. It is held to the pole by brass rings attached with screws to the horizontal rails. The upper, double ring is fitted with a pressure bar. The pedestal has a partially reeded, urnform top above a fluted shaft, and a reeded spherical section above a turned base, the whole set into a triangular base, secured from below by a screw pocket. The cabriole legs, carved at the knees with stylized acanthus leaves, are connected to the base by joints concealed with later, screwed-on metal straps. The beaded edge of the pedestal base?s incurvate side continues into the carved knees. The chamfered underside of the legs has prominent rasp marks. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 16, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 418–419, no. 196, ill.