Hand-Appliqued and Embroidered Hearth Screen
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With thoughtful design from start to finish, this decorative hearth screen is hand-appliqued and accented with decorative nail heads and vintage ranch craft hardware by Anne Beard. This piece captures the romance and vibrancy of the West. The scarlet red wool gabardine provides a focal point in your living space, and as guests approach your fireplace they’ll be delighted to discover the detail Anne has given this piece. A young cowboy on horseback with silken lasso courts a sweetheart of Harvey Girl style. Anne draws her pattern by hand, carefully selects wool and embroidery thread, and appliques each piece individually.
The reverse of the fire screen is embossed tan leather in a western rose pattern with decorative nail heads applied to the front and back. The cowboy motif is reminiscent of that which appears on Anne’s award-winning “Wild and Wooly” chair and ottoman set currently on view in By Western Hands’ Museum and Switchback Ranch Award Collection of Western American Art.
Anne grew up on a mountain ranch in Washington and lived on the Oregon high desert for the past twenty years. This region’s traditional lifestyles infuse her work with western character. A veteran of her craft, Anne’s fashion background is apparent in her appliqued upholstered furniture designs that range from tailored ottomans to nature-inspired armchairs. Anne was inspired by her mother, an award winning fiber artist and her brother, a custom woodworker. She admires and appreciates the entire range of western craft and often integrates it into her designs.
Blending the individual expression and functional practicality characteristic of the western legacy, I create one-of-a-kind upholstered furnishings for the contemporary lifestyle.