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Chinese Coromandel Screen début XVIIIe siècle Unusual Polychrome Eight 8 Panel Lao Tse & Gods

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Chinese Coromandel Screen début XVIIIe siècle Unusual Polychrome Eight 8 Panel Lao Tse & Gods

  • Antique Chinese Coromandel Screen.
  • Eight Panels.
  • Recto/Verso.
  • Featured in Architectural Digest magazine.
  • Début XVIIIe siècle.
  • Condition commensurate with age.
  • Additional details provided in the listing description links.
  • Exactly as shown in the detailed photos below.
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  • Our antique items are fragile, valuable historical items that deserve the greatest care in transportation. We take the utmost care in packing them as they do not take kindly to frequent flyer mileage.
  • All the information you need to decide about a purchase is in front of you at the time of purchase.

SEE THE TABS FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Depiction, Winter side, Summer side.

PROVENANCE:

  • Purchased in Paris, France in the mid-19th.
  • We featured this in Architectural Digest magazine, as shown in the photos.
  • This screen is thus a "published piece".

AGE:

  • Début XVIIIe siècle.
  • Height extensions au milieu du XIXe siècle.
  • Height was later raised by adding removable carved wooded legs to the bottom of each of the panels, au milieu du XIXe siècle, as described below under HEIGHT.

MEASUREMENTS:

  • Eight (8) double sided panels.
  • Width of each panel as measured from side to side, approximately 30.5 cm // 14 inches.
  • Total height of each panel measured from bottom to top measures approximately 198 cm // 78 inches.
  • Open bottom portion height of each panel, measured between the legs at the bottom of each panel, as measured from the floor straight up to the inside top of the decorative opening, measures approximately 30.5 cm // 12 inches.

HEIGHT:

  • Height was raised by later adding removable carved wooded legs to the bottom of each of the panels, au milieu du XIXe siècle.
  • To raise the original height of the screen, wooden pegs and carved legs were later attached onto the bottom of each panel, to extend the height of the screen.
  • This made the screen taller.
  • These height extensions were added approximately 100 years after the screen was made, au milieu du XIXe siècle.
  • These height extensions were added to the bottom of every panel via round wood pegs; they are solid wood, lacquered to match the screen.
  • This means that the original height of the screen was raised in height by additions to each panel bottom.
  • These height extensions are themselves well over 100 years of age, are not original to the piece, were added later, approximately 100 years after the screen was made, au milieu du XIXe siècle.

CONNECTING MECHANISM FOR THE PANELS:

  • Each panel has tiny metal eye screws screwed into the sides at the top and bottom.
  • Metal Pins are included to connect the panels by threading the pins through the side eye screws.
  • Thus, metal PINS ARE INCLUDED for connecting the panels.

ASSEMBLY (TO JOIN THE EIGHT (8) PANELS INTO ONE SCREEN):

  • Requires two people.
  • One person should hold one panel upright in one hand, and a second panel in the other hand.
  • Position the two upright panels at their final angle.
  • While one person holds the panels, the second person should thread the metal pin rods through the metal screw eyes.
  • The metal screw eyes are located along the top sides and bottom sides of each panel.
  • Bend the metal pin rods as necessary.
  • These metal pin rods are included, as are the metal side screw eyes.

CONDITION:

  • By " antique " we mean over 100 years of age.
  • By " vintage " we mean between 50 and 100 years of age.
  • This item is made of matter and it is OLD; this means it is NOT NEW.
  • This is not a recent reproduction. It is not a recent copy. It is not a fake.
  • This is only, repeat only, a general SUMMARY of condition for your convenience.
  • This is NOT A SUBSTITUTE for knowledge about what you're buying; view all photos carefully, read all this listing carefully.
  • We guarantee our items to be exactly what we say they are.
  • This is a genuine, original, antique Coromandel screen.
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There are considerable and abundant signs of age and usage, including but not limited to:

  • There is overall surface wear.surface scratches,
  • There is missing enamel.
  • There are chips.
  • There dings.
  • There rough edges.
  • There are cracks.
  • There is overall oxidation.
  • There are other irregularities characteristic of and typical of old things.
  • This screen is complete and by 'complete' we mean that there are no missing panels.
  • The height was later modified by adding removable carved wooded legs to the bottom of each of the panels, as described under HEIGHT.
  • There is overall lacquer loss and chipping including but not limited to around the entire perimeter, over all panel edges, around all panel tops
  • Two of the top images on two of the Summer panels show lacquer loss; this was due to having been stored back to back in a Paris attic for over 100 years.
  • There is overall cracking of the enamel lacquer throughout; the amount varies, is commensurate with age, and view the photos as they're accurate depictions.
  • The color retention on both sides is commensurate with age.
  • There is more browning undertone to the black enamel lacquer on the Winter side than on the Summer side.
  • Apparently the Winter side was the preferred display side.
  • For more information, examine all the exhaustive photographs carefully.
  • We've included over one hundred thirty (130) extensive and detailed superb photographs of this piece in three linked (3) sections.
  • We won't lower the price after receipt; this is sold as is. Ask all questions before you buy.
  • View all the photos in all three linked (3) sections, read this listing several times carefully, ask your questions before you buy.
  • This screen is complete and by 'complete' we mean that there are no missing panels and that all the panels are the original panels.
  • CLEANED: No.
  • RESTORATION: There appear to be few if any restorations to lacquer and decoration.
  • MEASUREMENT VERIFIED: Yes.
  • There may also be something that we missed because we aren't specifically trained to see it.
  • We've not examined this microscopically.
  • We've not taken this apart or put this back together.
  • We've not subtracted anything nor added anything that was not already there.
  • We've not cleaned this.
  • This is COMPLETE. No missing pages.
  • The condition is good.
  • There's nothing functionally wrong with this.
  • The condition is exactly as shown in the gallery photos.
  • Look at all the gallery photos carefully and read this description carefully.
  • It is impossible to divine exactly what information a buyer might want.
  • It is the buyer's responsibility to carefully scrutinize a purchase before buying.
  • Please consider your purchase carefully.
  • We are happy to help in any way we can by answering your questions to the best of our ability and furnishing additional specifics upon request.
  • This is not sold on approval.
  • Ask your questions before you buy.

     

PROFESSIONAL DISCLAIMER:

  • We cannot educate you on how to purchase antique Coromandel screens.
  • There is a considerable difference between professional and amateur expertise.
  • The dating of antique Asian works of art is very difficult.
  • Discrepancies and varying opinions exist amongst the very best experts and the finest specialists.
  • Our CONDITION summary and our detailed CONDITION statement are given as a courtesy.
  • They are our professional opinion and should not be confused with a statement of facts.
  • We shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.
  • The absence or omission of details in any condition statement does not imply that this item is in perfect condition
  • or that the item is completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.
  • The dating of antique Asian works is not an exact science, nor for that matter is carbon dating.
  • Therefore, all references and statements of time periods, culture, and
  • interpretations of symbolic representations are only our considered professional opinion,
  • and they cannot be a guarantee of accuracy or authenticity.
  • Research who we are.
  • View ALL photographs very carefully.
  • Read this listing carefully several times.
  • Pay attention to what we say, and ask any questions before you buy.
  • Should you have further questions, contact us.
  • Thank you.

 

PARAVENT EN LAQUE DE COROMANDEL

  • Paravent en laque de Coromandel .
  • Chine.
  • 8 feuilles.
  • Recto-verso; à décor de Lao Tsu et au revers, fleurs et oiseaux.
  • Dimensions, chaque feuille: 30.5 cm x 198 cm de long.
  • En bois laque de Coromandel.
  • Usures sinon bon état. S.V.P. voir photos.
  • Vraiment superb.
  • Frais de port en sus.
  • Merci de votre visite.

 





























 

 

 

 


 


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Product CodeCHIUO32161
ConditionPreowned
Weight168lb

Chinese Coromandel Screen début XVIIIe siècle Unusual Polychrome Eight 8 Panel Lao Tse & Gods

DEPICTION

  • Antique Chinese Coromandel Screen.
  • Eight Panels.
  • Recto/Verso.
  • Featured in Architectural Digest magazine.
  • Début XVIIIe siècle.
  • Condition commensurate with age.
  • Additional details provided in the listing description links.
  • Exactly as shown in the detailed photos below.
  • SCROLL DOWN TO SEE PHOTOS.
  • Our antique items are fragile, valuable historical items that deserve the greatest care in transportation. We take the utmost care in packing them as they do not take kindly to frequent flyer mileage.
  • All the information you need to decide about a purchase is in front of you at the time of purchase.

SEE THE TABS FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS.


Can you find THE EIGHT IMMORTALS pictured on the screen? Here are some hints!

 

  • Zhongli Quan was once a general serving in the army of the Han Dynasty.
  • Elder Zhang Guo (Zhang Guo Lao) is the most eccentric of the group; martial arts style Kung Fu is dedicated to him.
  • Among Philosopher Han Xiang (Han Xiang Zi)'s special skills was the ability to soothe wild animals.

 

  • The Eight (8) Immortals are:
  • Immortal Woman He (He Xiangu)
  • Royal Uncle Cao (Cao Guojiu)
  • Iron-Crutch Li (Tieguai Li)
  • Lan Caihe
  • Lü Dongbin, leader
  • Philosopher Han Xiang (Han Xiang Zi)
  • Elder Zhang Guo (Zhang Guo Lao)
  • Han Zhongli (Zhongli Quan)



 

INTRODUCTION

  • Double sided Coromandel screens were designed to be turned around at the change of seasons. They were never meant to be viewed continuously on only one side. .

    This Winter depiction is a VERY unusual subject matter for a Coromandel screen. There are many antique Coromandel screen depicting battle or castle scenes on the "Winter" side, with a "Summer"side reverse of flowers and birds. This particular screen is unique in that it does not depict a battle or castle scene on the "Winter" side.

    Instead, the Winter scene depicted on this screen is that of the venerable Lao Tsu and his supernatural minions training the Emperor's Army. They're engaging in a courtyard practice field training for use of weaponry and skilled logistics deployment.

    Note that the image is continuous over the panels in such a manner that leads us to suspect the image was taken whole from some other inspirational source and overlaid over the panels in its' entirety, then carved.

    For example, to support this assertion, note that the limits of the panels' width sizes slice horse heads and hoofs onto adjacent panels in order to keep the continuity of the overall depiction.

LAO TSU DEPICTION AND TENGU

  • The Winter side of this screen depicts the venerable Lao Tsu, the ancient philosopher of China. He is also known as Lao Tu, Lao-Tsu, Laozi, Laotze, Laosi, Laocius, and other variations. The venerable Lao Tsu is credited as the author of the I Ching or Dao Te Ching, the 64 hexagrams of life composed from pairs of trigrams.

    Lao Tsu is clearly depicted on this screen wearing a robe bearing the I Ching trigram LI which represents fire.

    The LI hexagram, when drawn as three sandwiched lines, consists of a straight line, a double or split line, and then another straight line.



    Lao Tsu is considered the founder of philosophical Taoism (pronounced as "Daoism"). He is also revered as a deity in most religious forms of Taoist philosophy, often referred to as Laozi as Taishang Laojun, "One of the Three Pure Ones".

    There are numerous indications on this screen that it may be a symbolic representation, a pictorial analogy, of what is required to win a battle over material desires and to gain purity and clarity of mind.

    For example, to support this assertion, there are numerous and various representations throughout representing the element FIRE.

    Lao Tsu is depicted on this screen overseeing the courtyard practice field training exercises of the Emperor's Army.

    Overhead a TENGU is flying ( TENGU also spelled TENBU ).



    A Tengu is an Oriental crow creature with very special powers. There are many varieties of Tengu. Tengu can also be spelled TENBU, Karura (Japan and Korea), Garuda (Devourer, India, Sanskrit), Khyung (Tibet). The Tengu are mythical bird-man creatures originally of Hindu lore; they were later adopted into the Buddhist pantheon as a protector deity.

    In Hindu mythology in India, Garuda is one example of Tengu.

    Garuda is associated with FIRE and serves as a symbol of flame. Fire and flame are said to represent the purification of the mind by the burning away of all material desires.

    Lao Tsu is here attended by the great avatar of Zen Buddhism in Japan, the Tengu Doryo (Douryou), the founder of The Cult of Doryo Daigongen.

    According to legend, the great avatar Doryo (Douryou) had been a Shinto mountain ascetic before becoming a Soto Zen monk, and was eventually appointed as head cook and administrator at Daiyuzan Temple (Kanagawa Prefecture). However, upon his death in 1411 AD, he vowed to become the guardian of the monastery and he is believed to have metamorphosed into a TENGU. There are frequent pilgrimages to his sacred site, Daiyuzan Temple.


     

 

THE CIRCULAR DWELLINGS

 

  • The various circular dwellings depicted around the courtyard are not "tents". These are Mongolian gers, similar to the yurts of the Turkic nomads in the steppes of Central Asia.

    A ger or yurt is a portable, bent wood-framed dwelling structure. The structural construction of a ger is slightly different than that used for a yurt. Their construction differences result in detectably different structures.

    The wall lattice of a ger is constructed of straight pieces as opposed to the yurt's curved lattice. The Yurt structure comprises a crown or compression wheel usually steam bent, supported by roof ribs which are bent down at the end where they meet the lattice wall (again steam bent). The top of the wall is prevented from spreading by means of a tension band which opposes the force of the roof ribs. The structure is usually covered by layers of fabric and sheep's wool felt for insulation and weatherproofing.

    The Mongolic nomadic ger structure differs in that the heavier roof wheel (toono) is supported on posts and the roof ribs are straight rather than bending down at the wall junction.

    The wall lattice of a ger is constructed of straight pieces as opposed to the yurt's curved lattice.



 


The Chinese characters on the Winter side's various banners and flags have specific meanings.


    The Figure of Lao Tsu at the upper right:

    • Lao Tsu is wearing a robe bearing the I Ching trigram LI which represents fire.
    • The LI hexagram when drawn as lines consists of a straight line, a double or split line, and then another straight line.
    • Lao Tsu also carries a small identifier banner or flag bearing the symbol CHIN; the independent horizontal line is the determinant.
    • CHIN represents the now, present time, the actual moment, the notion of actuality, presence, the Tao, union, contact.
    • CHIN is often used for a personage of importance.


     


    The banner hanging from the building at the upper far right, depicted as flapping in the wind:

    • This banner contains the characters CHOU for aptitude, utility, efficiency.
    • CHOU is composed of CHI contained: Chi is composed of the symbols for Speech and Sage (wise person).
    • Temple offerings bring these blessings.


     


    The characters appearing above the closed red double door:

    • The first pair of marks are that of TO ENTER and VESSEL / PIT/ HOLE
    • The next set of marks is CHANG composed from the mark for Hand and for Ten (10).
    • CHANG is a line or space or span of ten paces.
    • The last set of marks is a combination.
    • This set combines the motion of the hand PÚ right hand holding a rod and CH'ANG House door.
    • The lower section of the last set of marks equates to KNOCK or TAP.
    • The chacters above the closed red double door simply mean
    • KNOCK TEN TIMES TO ENTER.


     


    The Banner Flag at the lower right, flying next to the ger or yurt:

    • This is a classic representation of the Clan of the Emperor.
    • This composite sign contains the sign for a sheep, as if the sheep were seen from above looking down.
    • The Y would represent the horns of the sheep at the top, then the body and then the tail.
    • So the Emperor's minions are his Sheep, and he is their Shepherd.



     


    The Largest Banner Flag, at the upper middle, carried by the General riding the Magical Beast.

    • This has 3 parts: the upper row of characters and the lower central characters.

       

    • For the upper row, the first character is PAO, with the meaning To Protect, To Keep Safe, To Feed.
    • The upper row repeating character represents a gesture.
    • This is the gesture of a man who exerts himself to separate and repel obstacles on the left and on the right.
    • The upper row third character is the symbol for The Banner Of The General.
    • This is the symbol used by the Commander In Chief of the Army, and the People of The Army.

       

    • The lower central characters are composites of WEN and MEN.
    • WEN represents one's ear at a door, to harken, or in other words, TO EAVESDROP, to listen clandestinely.
    • MEN represents two leaves of a door face to face, in other words, ENTRANCES.

       

    • The General's Army's Banner of Fierce Protectors hidden and protected from the enemy.



     


    The Banner Flag at the lower right held by a man riding on horseback:

    • This is a composite character.
    • This composite sign contains SHANG, to wound with an arrow.
    • SHANG is combined with a character representing knife, sword, sharp pointed or edged weapon
    • This is a banner representing swordsmen, or perhaps foot soldiers.


     


    The Circular curlicue designs depicted on the other banners and flags:

    • These are solar symbols representing fire, flame.
    • Fire is one of the five elements and represents the emperors intellectual brilliance.
    • Fire also symbolises the summer solstice.
    • Fire represents the direction South, the planet Mars and is symbolized by a Vermilion Bird/ (Red) Pheasant.
    • Fire ‘governs’ the Chinese Zodiac signs Snake, Horse and Sheep.



    Thank you for your attention. Merci de votre visite.

     

     


     

     

     


     


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    Chinese Coromandel Screen début XVIIIe siècle Unusual Polychrome Eight 8 Panel Lao Tse & Gods

    WINTER SIDE

    • Antique Chinese Coromandel Screen.
    • Eight Panels.
    • Recto/Verso.
    • Featured in Architectural Digest magazine.
    • Début XVIIIe siècle.
    • Condition commensurate with age.
    • Additional details provided in the listing description links.
    • Exactly as shown in the detailed photos below.
    • SCROLL DOWN TO SEE PHOTOS.
    • Our antique items are fragile, valuable historical items that deserve the greatest care in transportation. We take the utmost care in packing them as they do not take kindly to frequent flyer mileage.
    • All the information you need to decide about a purchase is in front of you at the time of purchase.

    SEE THE TABS FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS.


    Can you find THE EIGHT IMMORTALS pictured on the screen? Here are some hints!

    • Zhongli Quan was once a general serving in the army of the Han Dynasty.
    • Elder Zhang Guo (Zhang Guo Lao) is the most eccentric of the group; martial arts style Kung Fu is dedicated to him.
    • Among Philosopher Han Xiang (Han Xiang Zi)'s special skills was the ability to soothe wild animals.

     

    The Eight (8) Immortals are:

    • Immortal Woman He (He Xiangu)
    • Royal Uncle Cao (Cao Guojiu)
    • Iron-Crutch Li (Tieguai Li)
    • Lan Caihe
    • Lü Dongbin, leader
    • Philosopher Han Xiang (Han Xiang Zi)
    • Elder Zhang Guo (Zhang Guo Lao)
    • Han Zhongli (Zhongli Quan)



     


































































     


    Thank you for your attention. Merci de votre visite.

     

     


     

     

     


     


    All Content is © Debra Spencer, Suit Yourself™ International. Technical Library FAQ Index ISSN 2474-820X. All Rights Reserved.
    Please do not reproduce in part or in whole without express written consent. Thank you.

     

    Chinese Coromandel Screen début XVIIIe siècle Unusual Polychrome Eight 8 Panel Lao Tse & Gods

    SUMMER SIDE

    • Antique Chinese Coromandel Screen.
    • Eight Panels.
    • Recto/Verso.
    • Featured in Architectural Digest magazine.
    • Début XVIIIe siècle.
    • Condition commensurate with age.
    • Additional details provided in the listing description links.
    • Exactly as shown in the detailed photos below.
    • SCROLL DOWN TO SEE PHOTOS.
    • Our antique items are fragile, valuable historical items that deserve the greatest care in transportation. We take the utmost care in packing them as they do not take kindly to frequent flyer mileage.
    • All the information you need to decide about a purchase is in front of you at the time of purchase.

    SEE THE TABS FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS.

     

     
































































     


    Thank you for your attention. Merci de votre visite.

     

     


     

     

     

     


     


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