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Screen

Screen

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1720-1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilded leather

  • Museum number:

    W.8-1912

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A six-folded gilt leather screen with a chinoiserie decoration of birds, peonies, trees, grapes, a variety of flowers, rocks etc. The four borders have been decorated with smaller compartments with vases and bowls, made of blue and white porcelain and basketwork, and filled with flowers and fruit. Painted in several colours on a gilded ground which has been punched with several different stamps. The top part (i.e. 12 cm.) of the screen has been cut off (because of damage, or simply to fit in a specific small room). The back of the screen has been painted black with a simple vegetable flower ornamentation in yellow within a yellow line. The punched edging-strips are from a later date.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1720-1770 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gilded leather

Dimensions

Height: 200 cm one fold, Width: 55 cm one fold

Object history note

According to a letter dd. 22/04/1899 this screen has been 'in Mr. Woods's family for at any rate a century'. The screen has been lent to the Museum from 29th June 1899 up to it was given on 22nd June 1912.

Descriptive line

A six-folded gilt leather screen with a chinoiserie decoration of birds, peonies, rocks etc. The four borders have been decorated with smaller compartments with vases and bowls, made of porcelain and basketwork, and filled with flowers and fruit. Painted in several colours on a gilded ground, London, ca. 1720-1770.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hans Huth, 'English chinoiserie gilt leather', Burlington Magazine, LXXI (July 1937) page 32, plate I-c,d
E.A. Entwisle, The book of wallpaper. A history and an appreciation, London 1954, plate 19
Joseph Leiss, 'Ledertapeten', in: Heinrich Olligs, Tapeten. Ihre Geschichte bis zur Gegenwart, Band I: Tapeten-Geschichte, Braunschweig 1970, Abb. 60
Woodbury Adams, Janet. Decorative folding screens in the West from 1600 to the present day. London: Thames & Hudson, 1982, pp. 48-50

Materials

Leather

Techniques

Gilding

Categories

Interiors; Leather

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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