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Turned mahogany pole screens, XF225 and XF226, by Paul Roberts Ltd, 1979, mahogany, silk and glass. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly.
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Turned mahogany pole screen by Paul Roberts Ltd, 1979, mahogany, silk and glass

Height: 151cm
Height (screen): 42.5cm
Width: 34cm

Museum number: XF224

Curatorial note

One of a pair with XF225. Enclosing framed oval silk embroidered panels; the centre of each silk panel painted with two young women holding sheet music within a border of embroidered blue and cream ribbons and harebells.

Although these two original ovals were discovered, unframed, in a drawer in the late nineteenth century they appear to be those visible in the 1825 view of the South Drawing Room by J. M. Gandy (Vol. 82, 29) in their original pole screens.

1 Photographs of the South Drawing Room in c.1911 show the ovals framed and hung on the doors to the North Drawing Room. SM Archive Repairs Register entry for 1979 records that the mahogany fire screens were made by Paul Roberts Ltd. at a cost of £115.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Embroidered ovals possibly made by Mrs Soane; Trustees Minutes 9 January 1893 describe the ‘two oval fire screens with small painted engravings found by Mr Wild in a drawer’ which were ‘directed to be suitably framed and glazed’;1 Sir John Summerson’s Repairs ledger entry for 1979 notes that the mahogany fire screens were made in order to carry the original embroidered panels by Paul Roberts Ltd. at a cost of £115.


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