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Coromandel screen with Chinese palace scene
Date17th century (1601 - 1700)
Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period (1661 - 1722)
Material and technique
wood, covered in brown lacquer, with carved, painted, and incised decoration; traces of gilding
Dimensionsopen 290 x 600 x 1.7 cm max. (height x width x depth)
individual panels 290 x 50.8 x 1.7 cm max. (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Presented by Francis Mason, in memory of James Francis and Lady Evelyn Mason of Eynsham Hall, 1944.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 35 | West meets East
Twelvefold screen, Coromandel style lacquer on wood. Decorated on both sides. On the front a Palace scene within borders, the reverse with flowers, landscapes and still life.
In: Impey, O. R., and M. Tregear, Oriental Lacquer: Chinese and Japanese Lacquer from the Ashmolean Museum Collections (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1983)
Glossary of terms
Chinese and Japanese lacquer is made from the sap of the lacquer tree, which is indigenous to Eastern China. It is applied to wood as a varnish or for decorative effect. In India and the Middle East, lacquer is made from the deposit of the lac insect.
Impey, O. R., and M. Tregear, Oriental Lacquer: Chinese and Japanese Lacquer from the Ashmolean Museum Collections (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1983), nos 4-5 on p. ix, illus. pp. 4-5