Antique Face Screen in wood with Chinoiserie
This is decorated in penwork with a Chinoiserie scene. Typical of the
style is the disregard for perspective or botanical accuracy. The
framing consists of huge blooms incorporating smaller blooms and snaking
leaves. The delightful central scene depicts a European lady attended by
an oriental boy. A dog sits on the ground and a couple of water fowl
swim in the water. A squirrel looks unconcerned and a bird dives down
the spotted (stars?) sky. The style is naïve and its charm depends on
its personal cultural perception and imaginative combination of designs
rather than great artistic competence. The screen is likely to have been
painted at home by an enthusiastic amateur eager to display his or her
awareness of the newly discovered fabulous East.
The back is painted in a pattern of
The handle is in turned wood and attached at an angle.
UK; Circa 1820; Materials; wood
Size: 21.2cm wide by 17.25cm handle 21cm
8.3 inches wide by 6.8 inches; handle 8.3 inches.
Condition: Please refer to the above photographs for details of