Four-leaf folding screen (Paravent)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 523

Screens were very fashionable during the eighteenth-century as is illustrated in depictions of contemporary interiors. They were made in different sizes: tall multi-leaf folding screens (paravents) were placed in front of doorways to exclude drafts, and others, shorter ones, stood in front of the mantelpiece to shield from the heat of the fire (the latter were known as an écran de cheminée). The frames of the paravents could be covered with paper, leather, or fabric but could also be exposed, carved, and gilded as is the case with this neoclassical four-leaf screen with its stepped top. Its frame displays two continuous interwoven bands of openwork guilloche motifs between plain moldings as well as a border of ribbon-tied laurel leaves. The four corners of each panel are carved with a leaf motif. Such screens were often ordered as a set with seat furniture and a fire screen and would have been covered with the same fabric.

Four-leaf folding screen (Paravent), Carved and gilded walnut and poplar; upholstered with 18th-century blue and silver silk lampas, French

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.