Elegant four wood panel screen in decorated with Coromandel lacquer made in China at the beginning of the twentieth century. The painting, with a black background, represents a garden with flowering plants and trees, a cherry blossom, small birds and two pheasants. A frame painted with geometric decorations runs along the perimeter of the entire screen.
For oriental cultures, pheasant is a subject full of meanings. Symbol of the harmony of the cosmos, the pheasant is associated with the storm, the rain and the impetuous wind, as well as the spring season. It represents the authority of the emperor and of high state functions. Equally auspicious are the cherry blossoms, allegory of rebirth and inner peace.
The lacquering technique for Coromandel screens, known as kuancai (literally "engraved colors"), emerged during the late Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) in China and will have huge success in Europe since the 17th century. The Coromandel name refers to the Eastern Coast of the Indian Dekkan where the screens from China were loaded on the vessels of the Indian Companies carrying goods in Europe.
The particular lacquering technique, very elaborate and refined, involves the application on a brown background of a thin canvas, on which a series of layers of lacquer were spread. The decoration was then engraved and the hollow parts were covered up to thirty layers of lacquer colours.
This screen, with an extremely modern taste, is easy to adapt to any environment, whether combined with antique furniture or contemporary furnishings. Of great charm and decoration.
Good state of conservation