16 September 2016
A RARE PAIR OF LACQUERED WOOD LATTICE SCREEN PANELS
17TH-EARLY 18TH CENTURY
Each rectangular, openwork panel is composed of intersecting slender wood members covered in dark red lacquer that radiate from a central calyx motif in the center of a barbed quatrefoil motif to the foliate spandrels at the corners.
24 in. (122 cm.) high, 31 ½ in. (80 cm.) wide
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Marcus Flacks, Custodians of the Scholar’s Way, London, 2015, details, pp. 244-45 and 257.
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