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Subject:Gold & Black Lacquer Screen
Posted By: Daniel Tue, Mar 13, 2018 IP: 2001:569:7012:a900:7

I have a screen that I am interested in getting some information on as my research has really drawn me to an end. I believe it is Chinese from the style and design but I have been wrong before. It's not a standard sized screen but somewhere between a table sized and a full sized which I haven't seen any other examples of in my searching. The total size is 3' high and each panel is 8" across (x6 coming to 48" across when together). Only one side of the screen is painted with this gold & silver overlay design and wonderful script (poem?) along the top and bottom. The opposite side is solid black. I have attached the seal & further information I assume is attached in this area with a running script which I am hoping someone here can read/understand and that it explains the scene & what the clerical(?) script is about. Any dating estimates for this piece would be greatly appreciated. I haven't been able to find much in the way of comparables especially to this size and the ones I have found are usually much more profusely decorated. Thank you for any information any of the experts can provide for me so I can continue on my research! I appreciate all the input!


Subject:Re: Gold & Black Lacquer Screen
Posted By: I.Nagy Mon, Mar 19, 2018

The screen is Chinese.
The inscriptions are from the poem of Cui Hao 704-751 (崔顥)Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty.
Title of poem: Yellow Crane Pavilion (登黄鶴樓)
The first two lines,
Where long ago a yellow crane bore a sage to heaven
Nothing is left now, but the Yellow Crane Pavilion
Inscription on the picture,
平湖秋月  - Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake
雅菊舘   - Yaju House (Shop)
王馬氏山人冩 -Painted by Mazhi Shanren (Hermit Mazhi)

From the picture I do not have idea about its age.

With regards,

Subject:Re: Gold & Black Lacquer Screen
Posted By: Daniel Tue, Mar 20, 2018


Again, thank you so much for your translation, I truly appreciate it! This really helps me further my research on this piece and really adds a lot of meaning to the scene painted. I looked up the full poem and it's actually very beautiful, I wish I knew Chinese, I'm certain it conveys a much deeper feeling.

All the best,
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