Chippendale Fire Screen with Hinged Folding Candle Shelf

Salem, Massachusetts

Chippendale Fire Screen with Hinged Folding Candle Shelf , Image 1

This oval adjustable fire screen features a folding shelf for a candle, [a refinement seen on very few examples] is a transitional style featuring snake feet of the Queen Anne and Chippendale styles and the oval shape typical of Neoclassical designs. The oval shaped screen travels vertically on a turned shaft featuring an acorn finial. The shelf with elliptical dropleaf is attached to a shaped backboard that is also vertically adjustable. The beautiful urn-turned standard featuring outstanding detail is raised on chamfered and ridged cabriole legs continuing to snake feet [also ridged] resting on full pads.

Date: 1760-1790

Measurement: Height: 57"; width: 19"; depth: 9"

Material: Maple, figured maple, brass hardware

Condition: Excellent, all hardware is period however there are differences suggesting possible replacements.

Literature: American Antiques from the Israel Sack Collection, Volume IV, page 1017, figure P 3820. Depicted is a closely related, nearly identical example that must have been made by the same hand.