Ornamental folding screens are mentioned in Chinese writings of the 2nd century BCE and were developed in Japan in the 8th century CE. Large lacquered "Coromandel" screens were imported to Europe from the 17th century and screens were then made in Europe of leather, fabric, wood and paper and became valued items of furniture and important sites for artwork of many kinds. This extensively illustrated book traces the history of the screen presents many examples from different periods. The 19th century revival of the screen and its significant pace in the Art-Deco movement and in the theatre is described. The final chapter looks at examples of contemporary screens and the diverse and innovative artwork they have inspired. With glossary and index.
The Folding Screen
AuthorsHemming, Charles With Mark Aldrook