Folding Screens

arched top folding screen with hand-painted flowers, butterflies, and birds
arched top folding screen
decorative folding screen with raised antiqued gold wood borders and hand applied silver leaf
decorative folding screen
decorative folding screen with hand painted birds, flowers and blossoming trees on a silver leaf background
decorative folding screen
folding screen with raised borders and decorative hand-painted design
folding screen with raised border
Art Deco style folding coromandel screen
Art Deco style Coromandel screen
decorative folding screens and coromandel screen

Coromandel Screens - The Art of Coromandel

The Coromandel lacquer technique emerged in the 16-th century, At first Coromandel technique was mainly used on large screens that usually consisted of twelve panels. Starting from the 18th century coromandel screens were made also as 10-, 8-, 6-, and 4-panel screens.

Coromandel screens usually stood in the entrance hall, but they also served to divide up large rooms or as windscreens in the garden or terrace. Often coromandel screens were used to close off sleeping or dressing areas. Smaller coromandel screens were placed behind a throne or a chair. Coromandel lacquered screens were usually made as birthday gifts for distinguished individuals, or as gifts to mark the retirement or promotion of high-ranking officials.

Wooden panels for coromandel screens are made from softwood and about 1cm thick. These panels act as a support for the Coromandel screens. Softwood is the most suitable base for coromandel screen creation, as it less subject to expansion or shrinkage than hardwood. Using traditional methods from the 16-th century China, craftsmen prepare wood screen panels by applying many layers of soft clay.

After applying multiple coats of lacquer, the artist carves his or her design into the hardened clay in both low and high relief. The carved screen design is than skillfully painted in soft traditional colors. Frequently gold and silver leaf is applied to highlight the background of coromandel screens.

Combining traditional styling with distinctively crafted elements this collection of decorative screens and room dividers is a tribute to artistic purity and functionality. In addition to decorative value of Coromandel screens, a decorative screens room dividers may serve many functional purposes

Original Coromandel Screens

Collection of hand-crafted folding Coromandel screens is a perfect blend between artistic expression and functional elegance. All coromandel screens are hand-made by the finest artisans in the Orient using traditional past on from generation to generation screens making techniques. The beauty you will bring in your home with stunning Coromandel screens will not only satisfy practical requirements that suit your lifestyle, but will touch your soul on a deeper, more expansive level.

Coromandel screen with Ming dynasty palace scenes
Coromandel screen with Ming dynasty palace scenes

This eight-paneled Coromandel screen is hand-carved and painted with a traditional Ming dynasty palace scene. On this Coromandel screen, the palace scene runs diagonally from the bottom left to the upper right corner. All of the action takes place within the palace walls. On the bottom left corner of the screen, we see the delegation approaching in the carriage towards the guarded gateway. We also see some courtiers meeting on the left of the central pavilion where the host is being honored by two young men. In the front of the central pavilion, guards are lined up - creating a ceremonial path for guests' arrival. The back of this Coromandel screen room divider has a hand-incised bird and a bamboo motif on a black background.

coromandel screen with peacocks
Coromandel Screen with peacocks

Art deco coromandel screen
Art Deco origins are vigorously apparent in the sophisticated design of this decorative screen. Art Deco in style this folding screen is made using traditional Coromandel techniques. Beautiful design of this Art Deco screen features running deer that is hand insisted into panels, creating a vivid three dimensional effect, and finished in an antiqued gold leaf... read more - Art Deco Coromandel screen >>

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folding screens in Europe
Some believe that folding screens were introduced to Europe by Marco Polo, who brought them to Italy from his expedition to China. Decorative folding screens instantly caught attention because of there size, beauty and immediately discovered multifunctional qualities. Moreover the uncomplicated construction of the folding screens could be easily reproduced by native masters. Portable decorative screens made their way into the huge dreary rooms of Gothic castles. These first European folding screens were build from chunky oak planks, they were extremely heavy... reading more on European folding screens >>

decorative folding screens

history of folding screens - China
History of folding screens starts in China, where they appeared in the VII century. These sophisticated pieces of furniture were made in wide range of sizes, from extremely large oversized folding screens that were used in spacious palaces, to miniature decorative screens that could comfortably fit on a tabletop. Folding screens used as room dividers was constructed from several panels attached to each other. The most popular in VII century China room dividers were six or eight panels folding screens. Chinese masters are famous for their complex ancient lacquer application techniques... continue reading about Chinese folding screens >>

Japanese folding screens

Japanese folding screens
In the VIII century folding screens were introduced in Japan. Due to the customs and particularity of Japanese architecture, for a long time folding screens remained a most important decorative interior embellishment. Japanese with sophistication expressed a connection between home architecture and proportion and shape of a folding screens. The style and motifs of paintings featured on a decorative screens were adjusted according to traditions of the "rising sun country". Traditionally, in Japanese homes people sat on a floor in a domestic situations as well as during official ceremonies. Accordingly, painted design was concentrated on the bottom part of a screen.... reading more on folding screens in Japan >>

oriental folding screens

oriental folding screens
You will truly appreciate intricate details of hand-painted oriental folding screens that is deeply rooted in ancient art. Chinoserie design of the oriental folding screens combines the influences of imperial China, with its opulent architectural style, intricate carvings, and rich colors, with the spiritual calm of ancient tradition. When these influences are adapted in the decorative folding, the look is the ultimate in sophistication. In all oriental screens natural colors are spiced up with red, black, and sensuous gold. Smooth surfaces shine with lacquer, while antiqued crackled finish adds luxury and style to the folding screens. Folding screens feature oriental scenes with antiqued gold leaf highlights, Chinoserie designs... reading more on oriental folding screens >>