Screen, 18th century

Screen with six leaves in painted canvas, motifs of garlands and flower baskets, pastoral scenes framed in rockery cartouches.
Old repaints and restorations.

Screens probably appeared in the 3rd century BC, in China, in noble families. It is said that it was Madame de Rambouillet who, in the 17th century, launched the fashion in France. It was with this exceptional woman, then one of the best clients of the Compagnie des Indes, that the first large Parisian salon was held, where Corneille, Madame de Sévigné and Malherbe met regularly. The integration of the screen into the aristocratic customs of the old continent was a total success: the engravings of the time testify to the presence of screens in all the interiors and the writers speak of them in their stories. It must be said that in the vast rooms of these large, unheatable castles from the beginning of the 17th century, these pieces of furniture constitute a decisive first step in the partitioning of spaces. Marivaudages, intrigues, mysteries and plots complete a picture already kindly sketched by such illustrious artists as François Boucher or Antoine Watteau. In the midst of the Enlightenment – a trend that will be confirmed in the 19th century -, within a society bringing to the pinnacle the interior comfort and the refinement of the decorations, the screens definitively occupy the ground, as if they had always been part of the landscape. . This movable partition is now placed in front of the fireplace as a firewall, separates the sick from the able-bodied or modestly protects the woman dressing or, better, undressing …
XVIII century,
France.

Height: 180 cm

Width: 348 cm

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