19th century Chinese folding lacquer screen

//19th century Chinese folding lacquer screen

19th century Chinese folding lacquer screen

£2,950.00

Chinese antique folding lacquer screen.

Height: 68″
Width: 66″
Ca.: 1890

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Description

Highly decorative antique Chinese folding lacquer screen.

Depicting Imperial figures in a landscape of rockwork, flowering trees and horses. Apparently showing confronting Mandarins in the process of negotiating a settlement over an opened treasure chest on a horse-drawn chariot.

The reverse decorated with a landscape of trees, birds and peonies which are of great symbolic significance in China. Sometimes referred to as “The King of Flowers”, the traditional flower symbol of China, peonies were valued in the ancient Imperial Chinese Palaces.

There is much use of semi-precious hardstones inlaid in the rockwork background with animated faces beautifully carved in ivory, all popular in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912).

NB. This folding screen makes an attractive wall panel enhancing atmosphere and interest in any room.

A few chips, evidence of hinges having been relocated, and minor re-touching.

See a pair of late Qing Dynasty hardstone and ivory decorated screens sold at Christies, New York, 19th Sept 2007.

A similar elaborate Chinese hardstone four-fold screen is illustrated in ‘Mallett at Bourdon House’ London, 9th March 2007 and dated; ‘Possibly Kangxi period’.

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