Oriental Screens

Beautiful collection of oriental folding screens is introduced on this page. All of these folding screens are made from wood and are hand-painted with traditional oriental designs. High quality and incredible artistry make these oriental screens extremely popular. Oriental screens definitely will create a focal point in any room. If placed against the wall oriental screen create a stunning backdrop, also they can serve as room dividers, adding an architectural quality to any room. Several oriental screens feature traditional court or palace scenes. Decorative folding screens with palace scenes always show a prominent person receiving gifts from a delegation. Oriental screens have limited space, for that reason the scenes were constructed as a closed system with a clear foreground and background. Hand-painted scenes on the oriental screens are based on various legends and depending upon the story involved they show mainly men, women or children. However, all oriental folding screens with palace or court scene nearly always have a similar structure; attention is focused on the center where figures are coming in from left to right in order to pay homage to the person being honored. This is done by kneeling or dancing, by offering a gift or by burning incense in honor of the central figure. All oriental screens with palace scenes can be subdivided into a right hand portion of the screen showing a delegation approaching, a middle portion of the screen, were the host or hostess awaits and a left hand portion of the screen were female figures are usually seen. Oriental screens hand-painted with Chinese design have beautiful ornamental borders. Folding screens border patterns should be divided into inner, middle and outer borders. The most detailed borders are usually found on the front of the folding screens. The compositions painted on the folding screen's borders cover themes that were very common in every-day Chinese life and symbolized wealth, longevity and good luck. These themes are frequently found in all oriental decorative arts. Decorative patterns on the oriental folding screens are usually combined with floral or other motifs. Sometimes a double border pattern is used on oriental screens. This involves two thin borders being placed alongside each other. Most of the oriental folding screens have all three types of borders but there are some where one of the decorations is missing or with only one border. Japanese style folding screens usually do not have borders and the design flowing from one screen's panel to the next.
Rich ornamental finely detailed outer border surrounding the main composition. Traditional Chinese court scene is depicted in perspective and runs from the bottom of the left-hand corner of the folding screens to the upper right. Composition of this screens ususlly has a definite foreground and background. On the bottom part of this folding screen you can see what is called a "central border". One of the most popular decorative motifs used on the central border of the folding screens is "hundred antiquities". "Antiquities" was the name giving to Chinese prehistoric objects made of jade or bronze while "a thousand" or "a hundred" meant a large number. Generally items painted on the central border of the folding oriental screen reflecting a wish on the part of the giver. The screens border usually includes some of the eight good luck tokens, the eight treasures, the four arts, the four treasures. The eight good luck tokens were originally a Buddhist symbols, and are the wheel of the low, the conch shell, a parasol, a canopy offering protection to all living creatures, a lotus, a vase or jar with a cover, two wish and the mystical knot. The eight treasures may originally have symbolized precious gifts but in the Ming and Qing periods they represented a wish for prosperity. They are painted on the decorative screen in a very simple stylized form. The four treasures were the four "priceless jewels" in a Chinese scholar's study,: paper, ink, paintbrush, ink and ink stone. The reproduction of those items on the panel of the decorative folding screen may have symbolized the wish for a successful career. A book with rolls of silk together with a vase or planter containing flowers represent good wishes in academic achievements. 100 antiquities are the most common subjects for the center border of the oriental decorative folding screens. China has a lot of picturesque places that were frequently glorified both in literature and in the arts.

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red chinoserie design oriental folding screen

Chinoserie Folding Screen
oriental screens HPS4760*

overall - 72"W x 84"H
each panel - 24"W

Tree-panel oriental folding screen with hand-painted Chinoserie design on an antiqued red background. The back of this Chinoserie room divider is solid black

list price: $ 1890.00
your price: $ 1400.00

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red oriental folding screen

Antiqued Red Oriental Screen
oriental screens HPS3023

overall - 72"W x 84"H
each panel - 18"W

4-panel hand-painted wood screen with birds and flowers design on an antiqued crackled red background. Bottom of each screens panel features beautiful flower baskets. The back of this oriental screen has an antiqued crackled red finish

list price: $ 2835.00
your price: $ 2100.00

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oriental folding screen with chinoserie scenes

Oriental Folding Screen
oriental screens HPS3126*

overall - 72"W x 78"H
each panel - 18"W

4-panel wooded oriental folding screen with Chinoserie scenes on an antiqued crackled background. The back of the screen has an antiqued black crackled finish

list price: $ 2700.00
your price: $ 2000.00

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oriental village scene folding screen

Oriental Village Scene Folding Screen
oriental screens HPS3027

overall - 96"W x 84"H
each panel - 24"W

4-panel hand-painted wood oriental folding screen featuring an Oriental village scene on an antiqued background. The back of this oriental screen has an antiqued crackled black finish

list price: $ 4523.00
your price: $ 3350.00

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faux leather oriental screen

Faux Leather Oriental Screen
oriental screens HPS3112

overall - 120"W x 84"H
each panel - 20"W

6-panel hand-painted wood oriental screen in antiqued faux-leather with floral and birds design on a crackled background. The back of this folding screen is crackled black with a simple gold floral design. Each screens panel is trimmed with antiqued brass nail heads oh the front and back


list price: $ 3360.00
your price: $ 2585.00

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Japanese style folding screen

Japanese Folding Screen
oriental folding screens HPS3127

overall - 108"W x 84"H
each panel - 18"W

6-panel hand-painted wood Japanese style folding screen with cranes and river scene on an antiqued crackled background. The back of this Japanese screen has an antiqued crackled black finish

list price: $ 5400.00
your price: $ 4000.00

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Ming Dynasty folding oriental screen

Ming Dynasty Folding Screen
oriental screens HPS3092

overall - 108"W x 96"H
each panel - 18"W

Six-panel hand-painted wood oriental screen featuring a traditional Ming Dynasty court scene with woman and children on an antiqued crackled background. The back has an antiqued crackled finish

list price: $ 5535.00
your price: $ 4100.00

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extra large eight panel hand painted wood oriental screen room divider with Ming Dynasty scene

Large Oriental Screen
oriental screens HPS3026

overall - 160"W x 84"H
each panel - 20"W

Extra-large eight-panel hand-painted oriental screen featuring a Ming Dynasty scene on an crackled black background. The back of this oriental screen has an antiqued crackled black finish

list price: $ 8450.00
your price: $ 6500.00

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oriental folding screens

You will truly appreciate intricate details of hand-painted wood oriental screens collection 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 gorgeous 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 gold for a hint of sensuousness. Smooth surfaces shine with lacquer, while sumptuous antiqued crackled finish adds luxury and style to the folding screens. Folding screens feature oriental scenes with antiqued gold leaf highlights, Chinoserie designs, and oriental village scenes. Several folding screens introduced on this page are painted with intricate designs on an antiqued red background. Combining traditional styling with distinctively crafted elements this collection of oriental screens and room dividers is a tribute to artistic purity and functionality. Beautiful landscapes painted on the folding screens often feature mountains, river, buildings with pagoda tops, and a little figures of Chinese people performing they every day activities. Creating decorative folding screen the artists drew inspiration from nature and focused mainly on the typical features of the spot they were depicting. This oriental folding screen room divider has a one continuous composition, each panel shows the portion of landscape, but from the slightly different angle.

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