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19th Century Chinese Lattice Panel Screen
Located in Rio Vista, CA
19th century Chinese screen featuring a geometric lattice window in each panel. Constructed with old world mortise and tenon joinery and mounted on iron feet. Originally four separat...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Elm

Antique 19th Century Chinese Ancestral Scroll Paintings Two Panel Folding Screen
Located in Rochester, NY
Antique Chinese artist signed ancestral scholar figure scroll paintings incorporated into a two panel grass cloth backed folding screen. The scroll paintings are matted with decorate...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Grasscloth, Wood, Paper, Fabric, Silk

Set of Four 19th Century Chinese Scholars Screen Paintings
Located in Chicago, IL
Since the 12th century people in China have used folding screens and doors to partition and decorate their homes—the vivid scenes backing the screens added life and color to a room. ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Paper

Chinese 19th Century Three-Panel Lettice Bamboo Screen
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Chinese three-panel lattice screen or room divider (each 245 x 55 x 4 cm.) Made in bamboo Original condition with a beautiful naturally aged patina, highlighted by a clear lacquer ...
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Bamboo

'4' 19th Century Chinese Doors Screens Wall Panels
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Offering one of our recent palm beach estate fine furniture acquisitions of A set of 4 19th century Chinese open fretwork Panels doors screens wall decor They have been fitted wit...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinoiserie Paintings and Screens

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Ash

19th Century Chinese Painting
Located in Dallas, TX
Imperial portrait on paper.
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Antique 18th Century Chinese Other Paintings and Screens

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Paint

  • 19th Century Chinese Painting
  • 19th Century Chinese Painting
  • 19th Century Chinese Painting
  • 19th Century Chinese Painting
H 37.25 in. W 31.5 in. D 2 in.
"Scholar's Treasures" 19th Century Chinese Painting
Located in Chicago, IL
A scroll and a small lantern depicted in this 19th century painting suggest the romantic notion of a Chinese scholar painting in the evening hours. Remarkably vivid, this painting wa...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Fabric

19th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Carved Rosewood Table Screen
Located in Hudson, NY
This nice large carved rosewood table screen was created in China, circa 1870. Its carved details depict a dragon flying through celestial clouds in pursuit of a flaming pearl. The w...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Rosewood

Original Liberty London 19th Century Chinese Canton Brush Painting Watercolor
By Liberty & Co.
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this very rare original 19th century watercolor brush painting depicting a scene of typical every day Chinese life retailed through Liberty London....
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Modern Paintings and Screens

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Paint

Chinese Carved and Painted Window Screen Panels, Set of Four, 19th Century
Located in Austin, TX
A wonderful set of four Chinese carved, pierced, and polychromed camphor wood screen panels with images of the Four Seasons and Eight Immortals, Qing Dynasty, mid to late 19th centur...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Wood, Paint

Silk, Chinese Painting, 19th Century, Temple Scene, Asia
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Silk, Chinese painting, 19th century, temple scene, Asia Measures: H 81cm, W 48cm, W 1cm.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Paintings and Screens

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Silk

Chinese Painting on Scroll Paper, China 19th Century, Birds and Nature Decor
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
Chinese painting on paper, which is unrolled once hung on the wall. It is a painting that depicts birds in nature, in the style of the 18th century. This painting is from the 19th ce...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Paintings and Screens

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Paper

Rare 19th Century Chinese Carved Asian Hardwood Four-Panel Silk Screen
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Ebonized wood four panel Chinese screen, circa 1850. Allegorical story depicting the dream of the red chamber beautifully presented on this rare four-panel silk room divider screen. ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Hardwood, Wood, Silk

Three Chinese Watercolors, 19th Century
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Three Chinese Watercolors 19th Century each titled on verso Inferior Mandarin Governer General, his lady Prime Minister size with frame 9 by 12 inches Provenance: John High...
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Antique 19th Century Paintings and Screens

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Paint

Antique 19th Century Ancestral Painting
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A large Chinese ancestral portrait watercolor on paper. China, Mid-19th century. Beautifully framed in a custom wood frame with gold leaf corners. Measures: 54 inches tall, 34 inches...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Glass, Hardwood, Paper

Immortal He Xiangu Painting on Canvas, China, 19th Century
Located in Beuzevillette, FR
Chinese painting depicting He Xiangu reproduced three times but with a different attribute: up a lotus flower, bottom left a fly hunt and bottom right again the lotus flower, each ti...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Canvas

Early 19th Century Chinese Hardwood, Lacquer and Jade Six-Panel Screen
Located in Austin, TX
A very fine mid-Qing Dynasty Chinese hardwood and lacquer six-panel screen, Jailing Period, circa 1800. The hardwood frame inset with black lacquer panels. One side features an over...
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Coral, Jade

Collection of 19th Century Chinese Pith Paintings of Torture & Imprisonment
Located in Conwy, GB
Scenes depicting methods of torture including, “Kia Quen”, “Tean Zu” and a “Cangue Yoke”, the others showing sentencing and judgment. Each painting in a narrow ebonised frame with...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Silk

"Treasures of the Scholars' Studio" 19th Century Chinese Painting
Located in Chicago, IL
With careful brushwork, this 19th century painting honors the four treasures of the scholar's studio - paper, calligraphy brush, ink, and inkstone. Essential to his way of life, the ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Fabric

Early 19th Century Chinese Botanical Butterfly Watercolor on Pith Paper
Located in London, GB
A 19th century Qing dynasty Chinese watercolor featuring a botanical scene. A broken branch suspended mid page features a striking butterfly atop a vivid reddish orange camellia flow...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

19th Century Chinese Sign of Honor
Located in Chicago, IL
A 19th century northern Chinese sign of honor presented to an esteemed scholar on his 80th birthday. The large characters in the center read (from right to left), "Happiness and Pros...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Elm

  • 19th Century Chinese Sign of Honor
  • 19th Century Chinese Sign of Honor
  • 19th Century Chinese Sign of Honor
  • 19th Century Chinese Sign of Honor
H 34.25 in. W 65 in. D 2.5 in.
Antique Chinese Hardstone Coromandel Lacquer Screen
Located in Bradenton, FL
Antique Chinese four panel Coromandel black Lacquer screen with stone inlay Beautifully hand painted antique 4 panel screen. Black lacquer with inlaid stones. Over 100 years old fro...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Paintings and Screens

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Lacquer

Set of Six 19th Century Chinese Export Gouache Paintings on Pith Paper
Located in Stamford, CT
A very unusual and intriguing rare set of six 19th century Chinese gouaches depicting scenes of corporal punishment, and in one, execution. Painted on pith paper in vibrant colors, t...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Paintings and Screens

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Paper

19th Century Chinese Carved Honorary Sign
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Remarkable Chinese honorary plaque featuring a large four character inscription and intricately carved geometric wan fret border with bats on all four corners and center. Traces of g...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Metal

19th Century a Pair of Chinese Silk Fans with Giltwood Handles
Located in Brea, CA
Antique 19th century hand painted floral motifs on silk Chinese fans Qing dynasty, the fan in silk with silk fringe and giltwood handles, housed within a conforming paper covered box...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Silk

Pair of 18th-19th Century Folding Screen in Original Lacquer
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Decorative two-fold screen or room divider from Shanxi Province, 1700-1800. The fronts decorated with traditional geometric motifs and green-blue lacquer. The back in black lacquer....
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Antique Mid-18th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Elm

Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
Located in Chicago, IL
Despite its explicit content, this intimate scene conveys a sense of tenderness and romantic love characteristic of Chinese erotic art. Known as “spring palace paintings,” these ink ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Paper

  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
H 14.75 in. W 11.75 in. D 1 in.
Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
Located in Chicago, IL
Despite its explicit content, this intimate scene conveys a sense of tenderness and romantic love characteristic of Chinese erotic art. Known as “spring palace paintings,” these ink ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Paper

  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
H 14.75 in. W 11.75 in. D 1 in.
Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
Located in Chicago, IL
Despite its explicit content, this intimate scene conveys a sense of tenderness and romantic love characteristic of Chinese erotic art. Known as “spring palace paintings,” these ink ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Paper

  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
H 14.75 in. W 11.75 in. D 1 in.
Lovely 19th/Early 20th Century Landscape Painting China Artist Painted Pine Tree
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
As you can see, it is a work of landscape, a glance at the Mountains of Heaven. Part of a set of 3 paintings. Condition Overall condition Age signs to painting like moisture spot...
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20th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Paper

19th Century Carved Chinese Windows, Set of 4
Located in Atlanta, GA
This set of four, Chinese carved window screens is from an 19th century house from the Shanxi province of China. Carved from Chinese Northern Elm, the center lattice work is carved t...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Elm

  • 19th Century Carved Chinese Windows, Set of 4
  • 19th Century Carved Chinese Windows, Set of 4
  • 19th Century Carved Chinese Windows, Set of 4
  • 19th Century Carved Chinese Windows, Set of 4
H 59.75 in. W 14 in. D 1.5 in.
Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
Located in Chicago, IL
Despite its explicit content, this intimate scene conveys a sense of tenderness and romantic love characteristic of Chinese erotic art. Known as “spring palace paintings,” these ink ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Paper

  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
H 14.75 in. W 11.75 in. D 1 in.
Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
Located in Chicago, IL
Despite its explicit content, this intimate scene conveys a sense of tenderness and romantic love characteristic of Chinese erotic art. Known as “spring palace paintings,” these ink ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Paper

  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
  • Framed 19th Century Chinese Erotic Album Leaf
H 14.75 in. W 11.75 in. D 1 in.
Chinese Qing Dynasty Ancestor Portrait, Senior Official First Rank, 19th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
An impressively sized 19th century Chinese Qing dynasty ancestral portrait painting of a senior official of the first rank in bamboo frame with silk mat. Displays crisp, fine lin...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Silk, Bamboo, Glass, Wood, Paint, Paper

19th Century Watercolor Painting of a Scholar and His Students
Located in Lambertville, NJ
19th Century Chinese watercolor in vivid colors of a teacher seated at a desk under a tree with students seated on cushions in an outdoor setting. Framed in a faux bamboo aged giltwo...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Paintings and Screens

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Hardwood, Paper

Lovely 19th/Early 20th Century Landscape Painting China Artist Painted Pine Tree
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Description As you can see, it is a work of landscape, A glance at the Mountains of Heaven. Part of a set of 3 paintings. Condition Overall condition age signs to painting like ...
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20th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Paper

Antique Chinese Carved Screen, Clover Pattern
Located in Somis, CA
A beautiful single panel 19th century Chinese antique screen featuring carved peonies and bird. The openwork is a connection of curved cuts of wood joined together by tenons and mort...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Wood

Japanese Scroll Painting, 19th Century Chinese Pheasants by Yoshizawa Setsuan
Located in Kyoto, JP
Chinese Pheasants Yoshizawa Setsuan (1809-1889) Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk. Painting inscription: Setsuan Houyou Upper seal: Yoshizawa Lower seal: Ji Seryu ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Asian Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Silk

Set of 19th Century Hand-Painted Table/Wall Screen with 12 Panels, Double Sided
Located in 10 Chater Road, HK
Commemorative table screen panels The rare set of double-sided panels in sections with 8 immortals and scenic painting and relief-carved floral motifs on one side, and on the othe...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Softwood, Giltwood, Lacquer

Pair of 19th Century Chinese Wooden Panels with Floral Motifs and Carved Objects
Located in Yonkers, NY
A pair of Chinese wooden panels from the 19th century, with floral motifs and carved objects. Created in China during the 19th century, each of this pair of wooden panels attracts ou...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Wood

19th Century Chinese Eternal Youth Sign of Honor
Located in Chicago, IL
This monumental lacquered elmwood sign of honor was carved in northern China during the mid-19th century. The large central characters read as "Wu Zheng Ever Green", and loosely tran...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Elm

19th Century Chinese Magpies and Pomegranate Folk Painted Panel
Located in Chicago, IL
Its orange border still impressively vibrant, this 19th century painted wood panel from northern China depicts a scene full of traditional Chinese symbolism. Surrounded by warriors p...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Elm

19th Century Asian Hand Carved Screen with Mountains, Trees and Sea Gulls
Located in Lomita, CA
The delicate open hand-carving on this screen is distinctive. This is a late 19th, early 20th century Chinese divider screen made from hand-carved redwood and motifs that include mou...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Paintings and Screens

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Wood

Set of Five Chinese Antique Screens Ming Style
Located in Somis, CA
A set of beautiful Chinese antique screens in natural finish. Each of the five screens has a middle section featuring a different flower, symbolizing changing of seasons. The main op...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Ming Paintings and Screens

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Wood

  • Set of Five Chinese Antique Screens Ming Style
  • Set of Five Chinese Antique Screens Ming Style
  • Set of Five Chinese Antique Screens Ming Style
  • Set of Five Chinese Antique Screens Ming Style
H 79 in. W 21.75 in. D 1.75 in.
Pair of Antique Red and Black Chinese Screens
Located in Somis, CA
A pair of beautiful Chinese Antique screens in black and red lacquer. The main openwork was created using the painstaking joinery method. Every little piece is joined together by ten...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Wood

Chinese Qing Four Panel Lacquered Incised Coromandel Screen
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Rare unusual late 19th century/early 20th-century Chinese Qing four-panel coromandel screen. The front features dark red lacquer decorated with scholars objects and small landscape s...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Brass

Monumental Antique 8 Panel Chinese Black Lacquer Folding Screen Room Divider
Located in Dayton, OH
Monumental antique Chinese black lacquer folding screen or room divider featuring a golden landscape of the Eight Immortals among a sea of clouds above pagodas, boats and a lighthous...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Export Paintings and Screens

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Hardwood, Lacquer

Chinese Antique Screen Set of 5, Small Cube Ming Design
Located in Somis, CA
Set of five 19th century Ming style Chinese antique window screens featuring stylized, hand-carved ruyi and small cube design. The cubes are formed by joining custom cut pieces of wo...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Ming Paintings and Screens

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Wood

Magnificent And Fine Chinese Six-Panel Screen
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A six panel screen in black paint with overall gilt scrolled and carved and painted wood applied low relief decoration with some Mother-of-Pearl details. Scenes with pavilions and fi...
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Antique 19th Century Qing Paintings and Screens

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Mother-of-Pearl, Wood, Lacquer

Chinese Four Panel Red Coromandel Screen
Located in Essex, MA
Four panel decorated on both sides with landscape on one and village scene on other.
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Lacquer

  • Chinese Four Panel Red Coromandel Screen
  • Chinese Four Panel Red Coromandel Screen
  • Chinese Four Panel Red Coromandel Screen
  • Chinese Four Panel Red Coromandel Screen
H 71.63 in. W 64 in. D .5 in.
Pair of Finely Carved Chinese Antique Screens, Gourds and Butterflies
Located in Somis, CA
A pair of beautiful finely carved Chinese Antique screens. The main openwork features finely carved auspicious motifs such as butterflies, gourds and foliage. The bottom halves are s...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Wood

19th Century Painted Wood Fragment Gilt Red Lacquer
Located in Somis, CA
A beautiful red lacquered, solid wood fragment painted with an opera scene of victory celebration, featuring various figures dressed in official uniforms and crowns. Remnant gold lea...
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Wood

Set of 8 Chinese Gouache Traditional Figure Paintings
Located in New York, NY
Set of 8 Asian Chinese (19th century) gouache paintings of traditionally clad figures framed in modern gilt faux bamboo frames.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Gold Leaf

Set of Six 19th Century Original Lacquered Finish Elmwood Door Panels
Located in Yonkers, NY
A set of six Chinese lacquered elmwood interior doors from the 19th century with original finish, perfect to be made into a screen. This set of six interior doors comes from China, w...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Elm, Lacquer

Japanese Edo Period Six Panel Screen of Chinese Scholars
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Fascinating 19th century Japanese late Edo period six pane funpon screen. Large scale depicting Chinese scholars and officials engaged in leisurely persuits. Ink on hand-crafted text...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Wood, Paper, Silk

Japanese Edo Four Panel Table Screen Chinese Scholars Pavillion
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Early 19th century Japanese Edo period four-panel table screen depicting a spring landscape with Chinese scholars seated in a pagoda pavilion. Painted with ink and natural color pigm...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Brass, Silver Leaf

Japanese Six Panel Screen Chinese Callilgraphy Over Gilt
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Large Japanese late Meiji period six panel screen featuring six Chinese brush calligraphy poems in semi-cursive script. Ink on handcrafted paper mounted onto gold leaf squares and se...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Brass, Gold Leaf

19th Century Tibetan Vaishravana Thangka
Located in Chicago, IL
Thangkas are devotional paintings used in by Buddhists in their homes, in monasteries, or temples. It’s remarkable that this beautiful 19th century thangka survives and in such lovel...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Paintings and Screens

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Fabric, Paint

  • 19th Century Tibetan Vaishravana Thangka
  • 19th Century Tibetan Vaishravana Thangka
  • 19th Century Tibetan Vaishravana Thangka
  • 19th Century Tibetan Vaishravana Thangka
H 41.25 in. W 28.75 in. D 1.75 in.
Chinese Table Screen with Soapstone Panel, circa 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Prevalent in fine Chinese interiors as early as the Tang dynasty (618-906), standing screens with decorative stone panels served numerous functions as portable architecture. Used to ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Soapstone

Japanese Meiji Six Panel Screen Chinese Sage on Donkey
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Large 19th century late Meiji period Japanese six-panel painted screen. Depicting a scholar and travelers encountering a Chinese sage riding a donkey. Inscribed with a cursive script...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Silk, Wood, Paper

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19th Century Chinese Painting Screen For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal 19th century Chinese painting screen for your home. Frequently made of wood, paper and fabric, every 19th century Chinese painting screen was constructed with great care. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer 19th century Chinese painting screen, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. When you’re browsing for the right 19th century Chinese painting screen, those designed in Victorian, Folk Art and Arts and Crafts styles are of considerable interest. Many designers have produced at least one well-made 19th century Chinese painting screen over the years, but those crafted by Dennis & Leen, Liberty & Co. and Sunqua are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a 19th Century Chinese Painting Screen?

Prices for a 19th century Chinese painting screen can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $100 and can go as high as $125,000, while the average can fetch as much as $3,800.

Finding the Right Paintings and Screens for You

Traditional Asian paintings were often created on scrolls and folding screens. Artisans made screens that could be folded up or spread out by connecting several panels using hinges. Today, antique Asian folding screens and paintings are sophisticated decorative accents that can serve as makeshift partitions to ensure privacy.

The original folding screens were created by Chinese artists. The earliest record of screens comes from the 2nd century B.C., and surviving examples date back to the Ming dynasty. Chinese painting utilizes many of the same tools as calligraphy — these screens were crafted from wood with painted panels featuring striking art or calligraphy that told cultural stories or represented nature and life in the area.

The practice was introduced to Japan, where paintings for screens were made on paper and silk, in the 8th century. These paintings frequently feature subjects such as landscapes, animals, flowers and Buddhist religious themes. Along with screens for tea ceremonies and dance backgrounds, there were screens for use in Shinto and Buddhist temples.

In the 17th century, screens began to be imported to Europe where their popularity grew. Coco Chanel famously collected Coromandel folding screens.

Traditional Asian paintings can make a tasteful addition to any wall, and screens can be used as decoration or, in the case of larger iterations, as an aesthetic way to divide a large room. Browse the selection of antique Asian paintings and screens from a variety of styles and eras on 1stDibs.