Pole screen

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

ca. 1770

GUSN

GUSN-222524

Description

Pole screen. Mahogany, brass. From the John Hancock House. Curved tripod legs, pad feet, brass screen fittings.

Details

Descriptive Terms

pole screens
carpentry
Federal
Screen, Pole

Label

Centennial Acquisitions Exhibiton, October 22nd-23rd, 30th-31st, 2010: In 1863, when the John Hancock House was demolished, Hancock’s descendants gave some of their family’s furnishings to friends as mementoes. This pole screen, originally used to protect people’s faces from the heat of a fireplace, was one such piece. Historic New England’s founder, William Sumner Appleton, described the demolition of the Hancock House as "a classic in the annals of vandalism."

Associated Person

Bourgeault, Ronald, Mr.
Hancock, John, 1737-1793

Associated Building

Original To John Hancock House (Boston, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

44.1
761

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

53 1/4 x 14 3/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Ronald Bourgeault

Accession Number

2010.3.1.1

Places

Beacon Hill (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Massachusetts (United States)
Possibly England (United Kingdom) [country]

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