This fire screen may have been one of several that the Washingtons used at Mount Vernon, a luxury item that shielded the user’s face or body from the direct heat of the fireplace when sitting nearby. It also provided a prominent place to display fine textiles, perhaps imported fabrics or the embroidered fancy work of a female member of the household. The original covering on this screen no longer survives. Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter, or her descendants replaced it with a large fragment of green silk reportedly cut from one of Mrs. Washington’s gowns. More





Mahogany, brass


Overall (Stand, H x W x D): 54 1/4 in. x 20 in. x 16 1/2 in. (137.8 cm x 50.8 cm x 41.91 cm)
Overall (Frame, H x W x D): 22 in. x 19 3/8 in. x 3 in. (55.88 cm x 49.21 cm x 7.62 cm)


Purchase, 1956

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