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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A George II six-fold japanned screen, circa 1730
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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A George II six-fold japanned screen, circa 1730
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A George II six-fold japanned screen, circa 1730
decorated with Chinese figures, landscapes, architectural scenes, birds, animals and flowers in gold on a red ground on one side and green ground on the other
each panel: 276cm. high, 50cm. wide; 9ft. ½in., 1ft. 7¾in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's Milan, Importanti Mobili, Ceramiche, Argenti ed Oggetti d'Arte, Collezioni Alberto Bruni Tedeschi dal Castello di Castagneto Po, Torino, 10 July 2007, lot 264;
Sotheby's London, Pelham: the Public and the Private, 8 March 2016, lot 21.

Catalogue Note

The quality of the lacquer decoration on this screen is comparable with the best English japanned work of the early 18th century. Very few japanned screens from this period survive and screens with two different coloured grounds on either side are even rarer. Red, along with black, tended to be the most popular colour for the main ground in japanned wares, and the use of two colours in japanned furniture can be found in bureau-bookcases made for the export market. A six-fold English japanned screen with a black ground on both sides is illustrated in Ralph Edwards, The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture, 1964, p.434, fig.2.

Japanning, a process of imitating oriental lacquer with varnish, became highly popular in England by the end of the 17th century, particularly after the publication of John Stalker and George Parker's Treatise on Japanning and Varnishing in London in 1688, which provided an extensive illustrated repository of ornamental motifs in the Chinese taste suitable for use on both furniture and small objects like trays, boxes and toilet mirrors. Other important iconographical sources for japanned decoration were the engraved illustrations in Johannes Nieuhoff, L'Ambassade de la Compagnie orientale des Provinces Unies vers l'empereur de la Chine (1665) and Athanasius Kircher, China monumentis illustrata (1667).

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