Fire Screen with Framed Theorem Still Life

New England, circa 1830
Birch post, cherry legs, ash spin support, original tinned-iron guide rings, cherry frame, original red-stained finish, watercolor on velvet. 
Height 44 ½ inches, frame 12 x 14 inches.    

Unique in our experience, this charming fire screen combines the traditions of American folk painting and rural cabinetmaking. With characteristic Yankee ingenuity, the maker, likely a father, created a practical piece of furniture that doubles as a display for his child’s prize watercolor theorem painting.  

Stephen Score, Essex, Massachusetts; Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Fine, Baltimore, Maryland; “Americana from the Collection of M. Austin and Jill R. Fine,” Sotheby’s, New York, January 30, 1987, lot 862; David A. Schorsch, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1987; Private collection; David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles, Woodbury, Connecticut, 2015; Private collection.

Advertisement for David A. Schorsch, The Magazine Antiques, April 1987, p. 774.

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