Gilded Silk Folding Screen with Landscape Painting, circa 1900
Beautiful brushy mountain landscape painted in ink on gilded silk, this is a four part folding screen which opens flat to 72 x 65. It is Chinese, from about 1890 - 1900. The landscape painting is loose and sketchy, with a distinct contemporary appeal. Nearly monochrome, in grays running from dark charcoal to light diluted hues, it is accented with a little green on the closest trees. The distant mountains at the top are pale and dreamy, and a far path runs off to the right. The scene is nearly empty of people except a single small figure with a pack animal on a bridge. The gold is warm and vivid because squares of gilt were applied to silk and the soft brushy landscape was painted on top of that.
We suggest using this flat on a wall as a large painting. The front face is in good vintage condition, with just a few marks of age on the gilded surface, and on the fabric surrounding it at the upper right. The plain back fabric has some punctures and the hinges are worn. Thus it would work best as flat wall art rather than as a standing screen. The most important part of the piece, the artwork, is in fine shape.
This screen folds to 18 x 65 x 4, good for shipping. There are several options for framing. You could do a simple frame and protect it with framer's plexiglas. Or you could ask your framer to remove the damaged fabric from the back and put stiff light boards in each section so that the painted side wouldn't be vulnerable to piercing. With that protection you could hang it without glazing. This painting would be a striking focal point in a room, acting almost like an extra window.
WIDTH: 72 in | HEIGHT: 65 in | DEPTH: 1 in
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