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Firescreen

Date:
1770
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany
Dimensions:
62 7/8 x 21 in. (159.7 x 53.3 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gifts and funds from various donors, by exchange, 1949
Accession Number:
49.51a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
With a history of descent in the family of General John Cadwalader (1742–1786), this finely carved rococo fire screen can be identified with the “4 Mahogany fire screens @ 2-10” for which the cabinetmaker Thomas Affleck billed Cadwalader in January 1771. Nicholas Bernard and Martin Jugiez were the carvers of those screens. The hairy paw feet of this example bear comparison with those on a side chair (1974.325) in the collection.
General John Cadwalader, Philadelphia; presumably Anne Cadwalader Roland; her son, John Cadwalader Roland, until 1949; David and David Gallery, Philadelphia, 1949–1952
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