Chinese Landscape Screen
Posted by: Mikehm (IP Logged)
Date: April 23, 2010 01:39PM
I have a beautiful four-fold landscape screen about which I would like to know more. The panels appear to be made of shaved velvet (the green leaves and so on are unshaven and therefore proud of the surrounding material) with painted highlights, lowlights and background. I am told that the inscription in black in the bottom right hand corner means "Chinese Mountain Peak" (which seems strange, given the image, although there are peaks visible in the background), but I do not know what the significance of the symbol in the red circle is.
Here is the screen:
...and here is the title or signature:
So, can anyone place this in historical context for me?
What is the symbolism of the picture?
Who is the artist?
When was it painted?
What is this technique called, and when did it flourish?
Can you tell me anything further?
Expert advice and guidance is eagerly anticipated, and will be most gratefully received.
Thanks in advance,