8-Leaves Canton Lacquer Screen of a Palace Scenery – 漢來大飯店 (The Grand Hi Lai Hotel)

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On the eight-fold sreen are golden flowers. The folding screen is composed of four parts – pinxin, huanban, qunban and liangjiou. The top is huanban which has drawings of historical legends. The middle part, which is the largest part, is pinxin which has drawings of an emperor’s travels around his palaces, literati, gentlemen, ladies and other figures of some towers. On the other side of the screen are carved luscious flowers such as flowers from all seasons, peonies, chrysanthemums, plum blossoms etc.  In this piece of work, the levels of thickness of spreading gold lacquer are used to highlight the drawing’s layers; a blank space is used to achieve compositional perspective. Thus the individual theme contents can cross the limits of space and time beyond vision. It seems as if one is traveling in a dreamworld. What catches people’s eyes the most is the red-spotted decoration. This is a representative work of the style combining narrative nature and decorative nature.

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