Fire Screen

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts






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.


Descriptive Terms

fire screens (furniture)
glass (material)
wrought iron (iron alloy)
stained glass (material)
Arts and Crafts (movement)
Screen, Fire


"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.

Associated Person

Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908
Norton, Edith White
Norton, Richard, 1872-1918

Additional Identification Number



Whitman, Sarah Wyman, 1842-1904 (Maker)

Location of Origin

Boston, Massachusetts


31 1/2 x 48 1/4 x 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Susan Norton

Accession Number


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.


Massachusetts (United States)