A Fine and very imposing Early Victorian tapestry fire screen with carved giltwood rococo frame with scrolling acanthus leaves. The central glazed tapestry depicts “Dignity and Impudence” the renowned painting by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer. "Dignity and Impudence" was characteristic of Landseer’s tendency to give human attributes to animals. Landseer contrasted the large, dignified bloodhound with the small, mischievous terrier. The dogs, were actually ‘Grafton’ and ‘Scratch’ and owned by Landseer’s friend, Jacob Bell, who commissioned the original painting of 1839, (now housed in the Tate). Landseer's most famous work is the Lion sculptures of Trafalgar Square. This fire screen was obtained from Luddington Manor which was once occupied by relatives of Anne Hathaway, the wife of playwright William Shakespeare, it is believed that it was a meeting place for Anne and William. 137cms High 78cms Width 44cms Depth (front of feet to rear) This is an exceptional opportunity to own a pedigree piece of artistic furnishing from an Historic and well documented British country house.
Period Gilt Tapestry Fire Screen Sir Edwin Henry Landseer’s Dignity & Impudence