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Chinese Room Screens - General

Chinese screens serve a variety of purposes. While many are solely for decoration, some Chinese screens are also used in order to section up an open space, or even to create a new room altogether. Elegant in construction, and often decorated with beautifully painted or otherwise rendered scenes and patterns, a Chinese room screen also serves as a beautiful visual focal point for any room.

One-paneled screens have existed since antiquity. They have been used historically since the Eastern Zhou period, between 771 to 256 B.C., with the invention of the folding screen occurring in the Han dynasty. These screens can be made entirely of lacquered wood, or with wooden frames with silk or paper mounted on. The technique of using lacquered wood to create standing screens is called “coromandel." Coromandel screens are first lacquered then painted upon or decorated with inlays, stones, or other means.


Quick Facts

  • The Tang dynasty yielded a rising popularity of folding screens. During this time, it was not uncommon for painters and calligraphers to be commissioned to decorate a silk or paper folding screen; it became the ideal way of displaying artwork
  • Coco Chanel was known for having loved and collected Chinese folding screens. She was particularly drawn to coromandel screens
  • Though screens are mostly used for decorative purposes now, the original practical use of screens was to block drafts in a home

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Chinese Three Fold Table Screen, 36 x 72 in. (91.4 x 182.9 cm.)
Jul 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Three Fold Table Screen, 36 x 72 in. (91.4 x 182.9 cm.)
by Weschler's
Est: $50- $100
$403 Bids
Antique Chinese Spinach Jade Gilt Landscape Scene Table Screen
Jul 25, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Chinese Spinach Jade Gilt Landscape Scene Table Screen
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $200- $2,000
$1001 Bid
A Chinese hardwood table screen, late Qi
Jul 26, 10:00 AM BST
A Chinese hardwood table screen, late Qi
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £100- £150
£801 Bid
A STONE INLAID ROSEWOOD TABLE SCREEN
Aug 08, 9:00 AM EDT
A STONE INLAID ROSEWOOD TABLE SCREEN
by Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC
Est: $1,000- $25,000
$1001 Bid
6 Calligraphy Chinese Screen Panels
Jul 23, 10:00 AM CDT
6 Calligraphy Chinese Screen Panels
by Revere Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Four gilt-decorated spinach jade screens, late 19th century
Jul 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Four gilt-decorated spinach jade screens, late 19th century
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $1,500- $2,250
$8000 Bids
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A FINE ROSEWOOD CHARACTER PATTERN CARVING TABLE SCREEN
Jul 27, 11:00 AM EDT
A FINE ROSEWOOD CHARACTER PATTERN CARVING TABLE SCREEN
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $240- $360
$1200 Bids
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RED SANDALWOOD CARVED "FAMILY HARMONY BRINGS PROSPERITY" TABLE SCREEN
Jul 27, 11:00 AM EDT
RED SANDALWOOD CARVED "FAMILY HARMONY BRINGS PROSPERITY" TABLE SCREEN
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $160- $240
$800 Bids
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SANDALWOOD INLAID WITH MARBLE TABLE SCREEN
Jul 27, 11:00 AM EDT
SANDALWOOD INLAID WITH MARBLE TABLE SCREEN
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
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RED SANDALWOOD CARVED "FAMILY HARMONY BRINGS PROSPERITY" TABLE SCREEN
Jul 28, 11:00 AM EDT
RED SANDALWOOD CARVED "FAMILY HARMONY BRINGS PROSPERITY" TABLE SCREEN
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $120- $180
$600 Bids
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A FINE ROSEWOOD MADE FINELY CARVED TABLE SCREEN
Jul 28, 11:00 AM EDT
A FINE ROSEWOOD MADE FINELY CARVED TABLE SCREEN
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $120- $180
$600 Bids
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A HUA LI MU FLOWER CARVING TABLE SCREEN
Jul 28, 11:00 AM EDT
A HUA LI MU FLOWER CARVING TABLE SCREEN
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $240- $360
$1200 Bids
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ROSEWOOD INLAID WITH MARBLE TABLE SCREEN
Jul 28, 11:00 AM EDT
ROSEWOOD INLAID WITH MARBLE TABLE SCREEN
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $160- $240
$800 Bids
A CARVED ROSEWOOD FIGURALS TORY TABLE SCREEN
Aug 04, 9:30 AM EDT
A CARVED ROSEWOOD FIGURALS TORY TABLE SCREEN
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$1,0000 Bids
A WHITE JADE INLAID TABLE SCREEN
Aug 04, 9:30 AM EDT
A WHITE JADE INLAID TABLE SCREEN
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $8,000- $14,000
$2,0000 Bids
PAIR FINE JADE INLAID LANDSCAPE TABLE SCREEN
Aug 04, 9:30 AM EDT
PAIR FINE JADE INLAID LANDSCAPE TABLE SCREEN
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $8,000- $14,000
$2,0000 Bids
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Chinese wooden board table screen carving, Qing dynasty
Aug 03, 11:00 AM EDT
Chinese wooden board table screen carving, Qing dynasty
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $4,000- $8,000
$2,0000 Bids
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Chinese Antique Wooden board table screen Taoist God carving, Qing dynasty;
Aug 03, 11:00 AM EDT
Chinese Antique Wooden board table screen Taoist God carving, Qing dynasty;
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $3,000- $6,000
$1,5000 Bids
A Chinese tortoiseshell table screen,
Jul 25, 10:00 AM BST
A Chinese tortoiseshell table screen,
by Cheffins
Est: £100- £200
£800 Bids
A pair of Chinese hardstone inlaid jade table screens, late Qing Dynasty,
Jul 25, 10:00 AM BST
A pair of Chinese hardstone inlaid jade table screens, late Qing Dynasty,
by Cheffins
Est: £300- £500
£2400 Bids
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Chinese Coromandel Screen
Jul 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Coromandel Screen
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $100- $150
$300 Bids
Antique Bronze Plated Golden Peacock Opening Screen
Jul 23, 9:00 PM CST
Antique Bronze Plated Golden Peacock Opening Screen
by Chongzheng Auction
Est: $0- $0
$4,0000 Bids

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