19 March 2008
Sold to Benefit the Acquisition Funds of Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
A RARE TWELVE-PANEL COROMANDEL LACQUER SCREEN
Well carved on one side as a lush landscape of various trees and flowers along the banks of a stream, with two phoenixes perched on ornamental rockwork surrounded by paired birds, all framed by a border of 'antiques' and flowers set between narrow decorative borders, the reverse with a panoramic mountain landscape by the sea, with a group of officials at a banquet as their attendants stand close by, with boats and further pavilions in the distance, all similarly framed within a border of archaic bronzes and flowers between key-fret and archaistic kui dragon scroll
93 in. (259.1 cm.) high, 228 in. (579.1 cm.) long
C.T. Loo, New York.
Private Pennsylvania collection.
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The Art Digest, Inc., 1958.
Catalogue of the Winter Antiques Show, New York, January, 1959.
"Romantic Art," Arts Yearbook 2, New York.
C.T. Loo, Winter Antiques Show, New York, January 1959.
Large screens decorated with landscape scenes were popular during the 17th and 18th centuries, and were an important part of household furnishings, often displayed on special occasions. Coromandel screens such as this were often given to officials as gifts, and some include long inscriptions commemorating the occasion of the presentation.
For another twelve-panel coromandel screen, dated to the 18th century, with a very similar depiction of two phoenixes in a landscape between borders of archaistic vessels, see W. De Kesel and G. Dhont, Coromandel Lacquer Screens, Gent, 2002, pp. 60-1.
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