A fine beautiful antique French Louis Revival giltwood three panel dressing screen with portrait, circa 1850 in date.
The screen features three beautifully carved beaded egg and dart rectangular frames each with gold silk upholstered panels. The shaped tops feature bell flowers and foliate finials, the centre section with a stunning oval oil on canvas portrait painting of a young period lady wearing a blue dress, the frame surmounted with carved cresting of a quiver and flaming torch.
Horton Lodge, Windsor, Berkshire.
Add a superb classical element to any room with this lovely screen.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 168 x Width 110 x Depth 4
Dimensions in inches:
Height 5 foot, 6 inches x Width 3 foot, 7 inches x Depth 2 inches
There is no doubt that giltwood furniture is an expression of grandeur and luxury. The golden hue of these pieces comes from the application of real gold leaf—a highly valued material both then and now. When it comes to buying antique giltwood furniture for your collection, there are many different considerations to keep in mind, many of which come down to personal preference.
Origins of Giltwood
The gilt gesso technique appeared in England at the end of the seventeenth century with the work of Jean Pelletier, a Huguenot craftsman who received royal patronage at Hampton Court and Kensington Palace. James Moore, a royal cabinetmaker working in the early eighteenth century, expanded on this technique with increased drama and exaggeration to the carving. Throughout the Georgian era in the eighteenth century, gilded furniture was highly prized as some of the finest furniture available as it emulated the ever popular taste for French style and décor.
Our reference: A1606