This stunning Chinese screen is an exceptionally well-crafted piece, beautifully decorated with intricate hardstone carvings. Measuring nearly two metres in height, this screen has clearly been designed to occupy a prominent position in a room.
The screen is made up of six individual folding panels. Each panel is fully lacquered, giving a rich, black hue, and has been designed in three parts: the lower part is square in form and set with a hardstone depiction of vases and other objects, while the larger rectangular middle part features similar hardstone decoration, including an exquisite depiction of a coloured vase with intricate, delicate flowers. The upper part is circular in form and again contains a vase with flowers, together with another, smaller object.
The hardstone decorations are mounted onto a black lacquer ground, and the compositions are surrounded by intricate painted scrolling foliate motifs.
The reverse of the screen is more simply decorated with a series of gilt foliate designs on a black ground.
The dimensions of the screen are as follows:
Open- height 183.5cm, width 243cm, depth 3cm
Closed- height 183.5cm, width 40.5cm, depth 18cm