French Painted Screen Paravent, circa 1880$1,600.00
Height: 59 in. x Width: 54 in. x Depth: 1 in.
Antique circa 1880
The painted design on this antique French screen or paravent, circa 1880 is full of neoclassical references with a sense of symmetry and balance that is quite charming. Each of the three panels on this antique screen has an arched top which gives a graceful flow along the top edge. All of the painting seen on the screen has been done by hand using the famous "trompe l'oeil" technique known as "fool the eye". The artist uses various methods to add a three dimensional quality to the painted scenes for dramatic effect. Please notice that in the elaborate painted frame seen at the top of each panel there is a depiction of a different dwelling set within a landscape. The frames are representations of gilded wood that traditionally hold paintings and appear suspended from ribbons with the centre ribbon being a different color than the ribbons on the left and right. Below the oval frames on each panel is a tall and slender vessel with garlands of flowers draped across the top and the garlands are threaded through rings set within the background of each panel.