Painted Table Screen
Shanxi, circa 1850
This beautiful table screen would have been used either on a desk to prevent draughts or placed on a large altar table in a reception room as a decorative ornament. It is still in the original black lacquer and is adorned on the front with birds and flowers in carved relief and painted - the once bright colours now dulled over time. The panel slots out of the base, which itself incorporates some beautiful carved detail.