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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
hand-painted folding screen with peacocks
folding screen with peacock
folding screen with raised borders and decorative hand-painted design
folding screen with raised border
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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