"Screen 8 Sheets In Coromandel Lacquer, XIXth"Large double-sided screen with eight leaves in Coromandel lacquer.
On the front, polychrome decoration of a scene animated by characters in flowery frames. On the back, decor of birds, flowers and plants.
Chinese work from the late 19th century.
Good general condition, some restoration to be planned.
Dimensions open: 345 cm Height: 245 cm Panel width: 42 cm
From the 16th century, Chinese objects appeared in Europe thanks to trade with the Portuguese who set foot in China around 1514. Workshops dedicated to the export of objects of art develop there. The rich European merchants ordered lacquerware, but also porcelain and silks. The Dutch and the English will compete for supremacy over this trade through the East India Company and the British East India Company throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The screens left from China on junks to arrive on the coast of Coromandel in India in counters like Madras, Kulikat or Pondicherry. Transhipped on Dutch or English ships, they then traveled to Europe. For European customers, these objects came from Coromandel without further details on their true origin. This is how representative objects of Chinese lacquer art bear the name of an Indian coast.