The History of Fireplace Screen
The history of the fireplace screens goes far beyond. During the 19th century horse, pole and banner screens made of wood, leather, and papier mache were commonly used. The horse screen was commonly used during the 18th century, and the name was given because of the shape. It consisted of two end frames that stood on two feet. Mostly the same design was used during 18th and 19th century but small embellishments were made over the years.
During the Victorian and Regency years, the screens were very light and had small panels, and the horse screen was then called cheval screen. But, in the middle of the 19th century, the feet of these screens were made heavily decorative but later the same simple design was introduced with simple pools but decorative panels of various materials.
The pole and the banner screens has tall poles with sliding panels made of fabric or hard materials and was used in the room instead of placing directly in front of the fire to provide protection against the direct heat. Wood with decorative designs was used to make the solid screen whereas silk or other embroider material was used for the banners. Sometimes tassels were hanged at its bottom to make it heavy. These banner screens did not remain popular for a long time.