Preserving Art: A Chinese Lacquer Screen

Sackler, Gallery 26

Intricate, colorful details of a Chinese lacquer screen made in 1672 are revealed through a recent conservation project. Exquisitely decorated scenes of women in a palace setting adorn the screen’s twelve panels. The technique of filling in carved areas of a lacquer screen with bright colors originated in China. Popular in Europe, such Chinese screens were traded via the Coromandel coast of India and became known as Coromandel screens. In this exhibition, the screen is displayed with a Chinese hardwood daybed to invoke the context of its original display.

Funding for the conservation of this artwork was generously provided through a grant from the Bank of America Conservation Project.