Chinese Early 20th Century Brown and Red Eight-Panel Screen with Calligraphy
A Chinese two part eight-panel wooden screen from the early 20th century, with low-relief carvings, gilt motifs and calligraphy. Created in China during the early years of the 20th century, this screen features a brown lacquered ground accented with dark red highlights, and adorned with low-relief-carved motifs in its upper section, depicting scrolling cartouches with central rosettes. Each panel showcases a vertical organization of gilded calligraphy in the center, followed by an horizontal section with scrollwork surrounding a central medallion. The lower part is adorned with additional motifs carved in low relief, depicting either vases, birds and flowers, fishes or monkeys. The ensemble is completed by meanders creating a perfect visual punctuation. The screen is currently made of two parts with four panels each.
Boasting a nicely distressed patina, this early 20th century Chinese eight-panel carved wooden screen will enliven any wall beautifully! It could be placed close to a wall or used as a small screen, keeping in mind that the Chinese considered screens as objects of contemplation and a source of spiritual and creative inspiration. They were used to protect from drafts, to provide a sense of privacy or to simply partition a room. Each panel is 13.5"W x 2"D x 54"H.