. Table Screen. 1662-1722. lacquer, mother-of-pearl, gold and wood. Gift of Yale H. Lewis. 1978.130A-G.
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Six-panel Table Screen with Figures in Landscape
Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)
Lacquer with other-of-pearl gold and zitan wood
The richness of the inlay work, which glimmers against the lacquer surfaces when struck by light, is appropriate to the scenes of palace life depicted on this ornate table screen. The back of each panel is inscribed with poems about The Romance of the Western Chamber, one of China’s favorite love stories. Each poem is written with inlaid mother-of-pearl. Bearing auspicious symbols in delicate openwork, the carved frame uses the simple beauty of natural wood to complement the decorated panels.
At least 1971 or 1972-1978, Yale H. Lewis [d. 1998], Denver CO; 1978, DAM collection, gift of Mr. Lewis.
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