As I've said before, I really love McQueenie's Miniatures, and this is probably my favourite piece, a fire screen. I finish the wood with boiled linseed oil and then give it a coat of tinted furniture wax, but other than that, there's nothing else to do except put it together and embroider something to go in it.
I did this embroidery a while ago, and didn't know what to make with it (this is often the problem with embroidery - finding uses for it!). It is based on a French silk design that was manufactured here in Lyon in the 18th century, when the industry was booming. It is slightly Rococco in taste, but will go well in the parlour to balance the whiteness of the plaster walls, which I find quite stark and bare at the moment.