screen, fire

Object

Accession Number
985.030
Description
A standing rosewood firescreen with embroidered floral front behind clear glass, the French-polished frame bordered with elaborate ornamental acanthus-motif scroll-work carved in rosewood.
History of Use
In 1985, the donor of this firescreen, a woman of advanced age, told The Castle Society's Furnishings Committee representative that the firescreen had been used by the Dunsmuirs at Craigdarroch Castle. There is no firescreen description in Craigdarroch's 1909 auction catalogue that matches the appearance of this firescreen. The donor may have been mistaken and confused Craigdarroch Castle with Hatley Castle, though the 1939 Hatley Park auction catalogue also does not list a firescreen resembling this one. It is possible that this firescreen was removed from Craigdarroch prior to the 1909 auction and subsequently acquired by the donor. But in the absence of documentation, it must be concluded that the history of use of this object is unknown. 
Date
circa 1875
Material
Wood, rosewood