Decorative Six Panel Screen (Set A)

Shanxi Province, early C20th

Dimensions: W:40.5 D:2 H:182.75 (cm)
Reference: SC228A


  • Description

    These well preserved screens from Shanxi Province, presented in two sets of six panels on this website, are an art form redolent with Chinese symbolism.

    Each panel is unattached and have no hinges and could therefore stunning wall hangings, or hinged together again to form a freestanding screen of great presence.

    The decoration defines the piece. The front and back tell very different stories. 

    The masculine (yang) on the front features ritual vessels carved from a variety of stone, giving three dimensional depth and substance. The carvings are based on bronze originals, which would have been used thousands of years earlier to serve grain and wine in ritual banquets to worship ancestors. Bronzes were made only for the wealthy elite, and were always associated with power.  

    The reverse shows feminine (yin) artwork of fortuitous paintings of flowers, birds and fruit, each one rich with symbolism. 

    Additional decoration on the panels includes gilt painting, shell mosaics and fortuitous coins that frame the dominant visual effects 

    For more detail please refer to the KNOWLEDGE article, “Decorative Screens.” 

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