Impressive 19th Century ‘Straits Chinese’ Lacquer Table Scre
An Impressive & Highly Decorative 19th Century ‘Straits Chinese’ Lacquer Table Screen, Singapore Circa 1880
The overhanging roof-shaped cornice decorated with alternating brown & black painted panels intended to replicate tiles, flanked at either end by stylized dragon heads that surmount a frieze decorated with gilt etched dragons & celestial motifs. The central field showing elaborately carved gilt & red lacquer panels depicting courtly figures in a garden setting, above a rectilinear-shaped panel decorated with repeating bat motifs, raised overall upon a pair of gilt decorated bracket supports.
Dimensions, 19.75” high x 35.25” wide x 10.25” deep
(Ref: The ‘Straits Chinese’ people, also known as Peranakan, are the descendants of Chinese immigrants who relocated to the British Straits settlements of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia over 400 years ago).