Chinese Screens & Beds
Single panel screens in particular would often be highly decorative. The panel would usually be lacquered and painted with designs such as landscapes or garden scenes, set into an often intricately carved frame. Folding screens tended to be less decorative and often included lattice work such as that displayed on our own Ming Carved Screen.
Smaller single panel screens were also used by the Chinese, either placed on tables for decoration or on daybeds to protect the sleeper’s head from drafts. The panel of these ‘table screens’ would either be painted or made from carved stone such as marble. Finally, even smaller screens were placed on display tables for decoration or to protect candle light from the wind. Sometimes known as ‘inkstone screens,’ these were also used as part of a calligraphy set. They would be placed in front of the inkstone on a scholar’s desk to prevent dust from settling in the ink.
An introduction to Chinese Furniture
Information on Chinese Cabinets and Armoires
Information on Chinese Tables and Chairs
Information on Chinese Trunks and Chests
See our resources section for a list of recommended books and for links to other websites about Chinese furniture.