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Screen

Screen

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1670-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, covered in black lacquer, with gold, silver and red hiramaki-e lacquer, and metal foil, studs and shells

  • Museum number:

    FE.50-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Six-panelled screen. Overall landscape design with buildings, figures, trees, birds and monkeys. Figures depicted include : those fishing at a river; a man walking with a stick; a man carrying a bag on a stick and women in brightly coloured clothing sitting by a river. There are gold houses on hills, trees with monkeys sitting among the branches, an owl in a tree, birds in the air and flowers with their petals made up of shell. The images are mostly gold, silver or red on the dark lacquer ground. Each panel is attached to the next with metal foil and stud hinges.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

ca. 1670-1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, covered in black lacquer, with gold, silver and red hiramaki-e lacquer, and metal foil, studs and shells

Dimensions

Height: 171.6 cm, Width: 54.5 cm width of panel from right to left, Width: 51.9 cm, Width: 52.4 cm, Width: 52.4 cm, Width: 52.1 cm, Width: 54.2 cm, Width: 317.5 cm total width excluding gaps

Object history note

The screen may have come from the collection at Hamilton Palace, which included many pieces previously owned by William Beckford (1760-1844) including the Van Diemen box and the Mazarin Chest.

Descriptive line

Wood six-panelled screen covered in black lacquer, with gold, silver and red 'hiramaki-e' lacquer; landscape scene; Japan, ca. 1670-1700.

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

Oliver Impey, The Art of the japanese Folding Screen, Ashmolean Museum, 1997

Labels and date

Six-Panelled Screen
Wood covered in black lacquer with gold, silver and red hiramaki-e lacquer, metal foil and studs, and shell.
Landscape with buildings, figures, trees, birds and monkeys.
Although lacquered screens were probably exported from Japan in quite large numbers from about 1630 to 1700, most of them were converted into furniture and very few have survived intact. The decoration of this screen is in a style which is also seen on export cabinets of the same date.
The screen may have come from the collection at Hamilton Palace, which included many pieces previously owned by William Beckford (1760-1844) including the Van Diemen box and the Mazarin Chest, also shown here. []

Materials

Wood; Lacquer; Metal foil; Shell

Techniques

Lacquering

Subjects depicted

Old man; Trees; Monkey; Children; Birds; Landscape; Pavilions

Categories

Lacquerware; Images Online; Furniture; Interiors; Furniture

Collection

East Asia Collection

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