his double-sided eight-panel Coromandel export black lacquered screen depicts a natural landscape with birds, trees, and chrysanthemums. In the Coromandel lacquer technique, a layer several millimeters thick of chalk mixed with clay is applied to wooden panels and then covered again with a thin layer of black lacquer. Images are then carved into the chalk through the layer of lacquer resulting in a rich, black background with vibrant detailed designs. The border and some elements such as the trees and foliage are of gold leaf for added richness.
Rather than just a picturesque scenery, these elements are symbols that represent different aspects of Chinese history and culture. Flower-and-bird images symbolize beauty, virtue, and good fortune. “Birds”, in particular, represent freedom, peace, and harmony. The chrysanthemum generally conveys positive qualities and values held in high regard in Chinese culture such as strength and perseverance, resilience and courage. The bottom has auspicious circle symbols surrounded by dragons. The gold leaf “dragons” symbolize power, strength, and good luck. This amazing 8-panel screen can add a touch of elegance and positivity to a space.
Measurements: (8-Panels) Each H=84 in. W=16 in. D=0.75 in.
Open to the maximum: H=84 in. W=144 in. D=0.75 in.
Completely closed: H=84 in. W=8 in. D=16 in.
Approximately 200 lbs.