Pair of Screens with Landscapes and Flowers and Birds, Carved red lacquer, China

Pair of Screens with Landscapes and Flowers and Birds

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
late 17th–early 18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red lacquer
Dimensions:
Screen (each): 8 5/8 x 5 in. (21.9 x 12.7 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.220.49a–d
Not on view
Small screens such as this pair were made in lacquer and ivory and used as decorations for a desk or study in the late Ming and early Qing periods. Here, the figures in the landscape on one side and the flower-and-bird motif on the other parallel themes in contemporaneous paintings. The prevalence of such scenes illustrates the interest in the visual arts that marked the lives of the elite, both government bureaucrats and wealthy merchants.
[ John C. Ferguson , until 1913; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer," August 6, 2009–February 21, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.