Mother-of-pearl mounted and lacquered wood Chinese screen


This large four-panelled folding screen exhibits a high level of antique Chinese craftsmanship, particularly in the fine mother-of-pearl detailing.


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Exemplary of the quality and skill of antique Chinese craftmanship, this beautiful four-panelled screen was made towards the end of the nineteenth century. The principal decoration consists of a series of wondefully elaborate and intricate scenes of birds and flowers in mother-of-pearl inlay. The left two scenes show small birds scattering before a pair of majestic and mythical-looking birds of prey, and all four compositions combine a pleasing contrast with the white and metallic tones of the mother-of-pearl within the rich black background, with an excellent economy of space.

Each of these scenes is framed within a red lacquer inset, and the outer structure consists of four hinged carved wood frame panels, featuring again scenes of swooping birds and flowers. As much a work of art as a work a furniture, this screen would make an enviable addition to any clean, beautiful, or vibrant interior space.

Open: 176cm high x 230cm wide x 2.5cm in depth.

Closed: 176cm high x 57.5cm wide x 10cm in depth.



Country of Origin
Asian, Chinese
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Birds / Ornithology, Chinese Interest, Floral
Lacquer, Mother-of-Pearl, Wood
Black, Brown, Red, White


176 cm / 69.3 inches
230 cm / 90.6 inches
10 cm / 3.9 inches


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