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( 4 ) North Parlour: The fire-screen in front of the fireplace is of Berlin work popular from 1850-70 and has a parrot motif. The frame is decorated with cast plaster on wood.

The screens were adjustable to the height of the ladies' faces and were meant to protect their pale and delicate complexions from the heat of the fire. A pale complexion denoted a lady of leisure and hence wealth as only the working class women had colour to their skin because of working outside in the hot sun or over a fireplace while doing kitchen work.

At an even earlier time women and men sought to disguise pock marks on their faces by applying wax and powder to their faces. Sitting in the direct heat of the fire could cause the wax to melt. The fire-screens were not only important for their beauty but for the above mentioned functions.

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