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Firescreen

Maker:
Attributed to Samuel Phippen (ca. 1744–1798)
Date:
1785–95
Geography:
Made in Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, holly, ebony
Dimensions:
61 1/2 x 21 x 18 1/4 in. (156.2 x 53.3 x 46.4 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. A. Goodwin Cooke, in memory of her mother, Mrs. Frederic C. Munroe, and Purchase, Clara Lloyd-Smith Weber Gift and Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.425
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 729
This fire screen features a folding shelf for a candle, a refinement found on very few examples. It is transitional in style, with snake feet of the Queen Anne and Chippendale styles and the oval shape and inlay typical of Neoclassical designs.
Mrs. Frederic C. Munroe, until 1954; Mrs. A. Goodwin Cooke, Branford, Connecticut and Mrs. William A. Munroe, Andover, Massachusetts, 1954–1977
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