• Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen auction at Christies

    Sale 7822

    Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 320

    A CHINESE BLACK, GILT AND POLYCHROME LACQUER TWELVE-LEAF SCREEN

    CIRCA 1750

    Estimate

    A CHINESE BLACK, GILT AND POLYCHROME LACQUER TWELVE-LEAF SCREEN
    CIRCA 1750
    Decorated overall with Chinoiserie scenes depicting figures, pagodas and exotic birds in rocky landscapes to one side, and exotic birds amidst foliage to the reverse, the metal-mounted feet engraved with foliate scrolls, minor surface restoration
    Each leaf: 90¼ in. x 16 in. (229.5 cm. x 41 cm.); 192 in. (492 cm.) long, fully extended


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    The state apartment created at Nostell Priory, Yorkshire in the 1770's by Sir Rowland Winn, 5th Baronet (d.1786) and Thomas Chippendale (d.1779), cabinet-maker and upholsterer of St. Martin's Lane, London is the most celebrated of Georgian Chinese apartments, being richly furnished with Chinese papers, Oriental porcelain and lacquered and japanned furnishings. The screen, described as an 'India Japand screen 12 laps.' was displayed in its withdrawing-room, known as 'The Large Dressing Room' and was listed in the valuation of Household Furniture drawn up on the 10th August 1818 by Messrs Robinson and Wilby. However, it had been described more fully twelve years previously, in an 'Inventory taken at Nostell Mansion in 1806' following the death of Sir Rowland Winn 6th Baronet (d.1805), by H.Philips, New Bond Street. It was then listed under 'India Japan and Lacquered Ware' as:- 'A 12 leaved folding screen of the rare and fine old brown Japan enamelled in gold and coloured figures and landscapes and on the reverse side birds and flowers, in fine condition' (Yorkshire Record Office: c/4/1/15).

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    Provenance

    Sir Rowland Winn, 5th Baronet and thence by descent to Lord St. Oswald Sold at Nostell Priory, Christie's house sale, 30 April-1 May 1990, lot 258.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 7 April 1997, lot 155, where acquired by the present owner.


    Exhibited

    A Tale of Three Cities, Canton, Shanghai & Hong Kong, London, January/February 1997, Catalogue, no.227.