Used during warm months to cover the opening of a fireplace, this French period Regence firescreen with needlepoint inset is from circa 1720. The hand-carved wood frame has motifs in the Regence style, such as the scalloped shell on the bottom that is surrounded by a foliate margent. A large, pierced gadroon leaf embellishes the crown, with the center opening filled by a floret. It is flanked by additional gadrooned leaves that run along the outskirts of the shaped top, before wrapping around the shoulders. The sides are sculpted as well, with an incurve section adorned with yet more gadrooned leaves. High arching feet carved with curled leaves and scalloped shells have small pads that offer stability to the curvaceous firescreen.
Set within the frame is a multicolored needlepoint scene featuring hues of cream, green, blue, and red. The center cartouche depicts four robed figures and several animals congregating beneath a tree canopy. It is surrounded by leaf-like scrolls and a wonderful floral display on a gold background. The verso side has been lined with a gold silk embellished with various foliate branches. A perfect decorative accessory for any fireplace, the needlepoint and silk insets can be replaced with the fabric or textile of your choice.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with light age separations, losses, and fleabites. Slight buildup and wear to the inset needlepoint. Wear to the silk lining on the back side, commensurate with age and use. Please see photos for details.