This listing is for the rare pair of 18th century George III pole screens with
silk needlework world maps pictured above.
This fine pair of mahogany and needlework screens features two world maps.
Dating to the late 18th century (with some later parts), these screens would
have originally been used to shield a person’s face from the fireplace.
Each of these finely worked silk maps is framed behind glass. There are
several interesting points throughout the maps, including modern day Australia,
which is titled “New Holland” with the exception of the east coast, which is
titled “New South Wales”. This map was produced relatively shortly after James
Cook’s travels to the east coast of Australia when he claimed it for the
British and called it “New South Wales”. Additionally, the map of North America
notes the “United States”, but was made prior to the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
The screens are able to be disassembled into three parts: the finials, the
poles/needleworks, and the bases.
Size: The screens measure 54.5 inches tall each. The needleworks by themselves
measure 15.5 inches tall by 12.5 inches wide.
Condition: Finials possibly replaced. Crack to top of one pole. Cracks to
juncture of pole and base (pole can be removed from base). Various minor cracks
and breaks and repairs to legs. Nicks, scratches and abrasions consistent with
age and use. The needleworks: losses to gilding on frames. Wear and minor
losses to silk and threads. Smoke damage to one.
Free local pick up is preferred due to the size of these screens! If you would
like these shipped to you, please reach out prior to purchasing for suggestions.
Feel free to ask any questions.