A PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT GILT-HEIGHTENED RED AND BLACK LACQUER SIX-FOLD SCREENS, CIRCA 1800
A PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT GILT-HEIGHTENED RED AND BLACK LACQUER SIX-FOLD SCREENS, CIRCA 1800
A PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT GILT-HEIGHTENED RED AND BLACK LACQUER SIX-FOLD SCREENS, CIRCA 1800
A PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT GILT-HEIGHTENED RED AND BLACK LACQUER SIX-FOLD SCREENS, CIRCA 1800
A PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT GILT-HEIGHTENED RED AND BLACK LACQUER SIX-FOLD SCREENS, CIRCA 1800
A PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT GILT-HEIGHTENED RED AND BLACK LACQUER SIX-FOLD SCREENS, CIRCA 1800
A PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT GILT-HEIGHTENED RED AND BLACK LACQUER SIX-FOLD SCREENS, CIRCA 1800
A PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT GILT-HEIGHTENED RED AND BLACK LACQUER SIX-FOLD SCREENS, CIRCA 1800
A PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT GILT-HEIGHTENED RED AND BLACK LACQUER SIX-FOLD SCREENS, CIRCA 1800
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KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE

A PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT GILT-HEIGHTENED RED AND BLACK LACQUER SIX-FOLD SCREENS, CIRCA 1800

Estimate: 6,000 - 10,000 GBP

KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE

A PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT GILT-HEIGHTENED RED AND BLACK LACQUER SIX-FOLD SCREENS, CIRCA 1800

Estimate: 6,000 - 10,000 GBP

Lot Sold:56,250GBP

Lot Details

Description

KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE


A PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT GILT-HEIGHTENED RED AND BLACK LACQUER SIX-FOLD SCREENS, CIRCA 1800


the rule joint panels decorated one side with birds, butterflies and foliage in gilt on a red ground, the reverse with leaves and fruit sprays in gilt on a black ground, one screen now in two parts

each panel 217cm. high, 72cm. wide; 7ft. 1½in., 2ft. 4½in.

Condition Report

A striking and stylish pair of screens in 'country house' condition and which would benefit from further conservation. Generally with old marks, dents, scuffs, scratches and losses to lacquer decoration. Some movement along lines of construction which has resulted in small splits to surface. Generally surface is dray with ingrained dirt and would benefit from gentle cleaning by a conservator. One screen now in two parts and lacking rule joint which will require further attention, especially if it is to be used as a six fold screen. Gallery inspection recommended. Great scale.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Cataloguing

Provenance

Probably supplied to Robert Clements, 1st Earl of Leitrim (1732-1804)

Literature

Inventory, 26th September 1807, '2 Indian screens with six leaves each' in the Dining Room;

Inventory, 10th February 1812, 'Two Indian Skreens 6 leaves in each' in the Dining Room;

Inventory, April 1830, 'Two Indian Screens six leaves in each red & black' in the Dining Room;

Inventory, 27th June 1836 (revised February 1855), 'Two six leaved Indian screens seven feet high red gold and black varnished' in the Dining Room;

John Cornforth, 'Killadoon, Co Kildare - II', Country Life, 22 January 2004, p. 54; 

The Knight of Glin and James Peill, The Irish Country House, China, 2010, p. 147.

Catalogue Note

These exquisite 'Indian' screens were likely supplied with the other Chinese Export wares in the late 18th/early 19th century, shortly after Robert Clements was elevated to Earl in 1795 (see lots 32-41).


First listed in the Dining Room in 1807, the bright red ground of the screens, together with the 'scarlet Morocco' leather upholstered seat furniture (see lots 44-45) and 'Turkey' carpet, would have complemented the original decorative scheme which analysis of paint scrapes has revealed to be a rich plum-porphyry colour (Cornforth, op. cit., p. 55).

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