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Fire Screen

1990.91 (RS32672)


Fire screen consisting of three hinged panels, each panel features a trellis design in wrought iron with stained glass and a central flower, scrolled wrought iron base with open heart at center attached to the bottom of each, center panel features a wrought iron scrolled fleur de lis at top.


"Cherished Possessions": Although she is best known for her book cover designs, Sarah Wyman Whitman also experimented with stained glass. Her windows can be found in Trinity Church in Boston, Massachusetts; Harvard's Memorial Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Berwick Academy in South Berwick, Maine; and Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Whitman's glass designs were less pictorial and more architectural than previous stained glass windows and made use of clear glass to connect with the world outside. Whitman made this fire screen as a gift for the wedding of Richard Norton, son of her friend Charles Eliot Norton.
Whitman, Sarah Wyman, 1842-1904 (Maker)
Location of origin
Boston, Massachusetts
glass (material)
stained glass (material)
wrought iron (iron alloy)
Object type
Temperature Control Device
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Arts and Crafts (movement)
fire screens (furniture)
glass (material)
Screen, Fire
stained glass (material)
wrought iron (iron alloy)
People and organizations
Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908
Norton, Edith White
Norton, Richard, 1872-1918
31 1/2 x 48 1/4 x 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
Credit Line
Bequest of Susan Norton
Exhibition Notes
"Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy," Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, July 2003 to October 2005
Reference Notes
Pictured in Carlisle, Nancy, "Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy," (2003): 104-107.