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Red Fold Room Divider by Storängen Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Red Fold room divider by Storängen Design Dimensions: D 4 x W 70 x H 170 cm Materials: oak wood, leather straps. Available in other colors and with or without pannels. Fold are...
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2010s Swedish Post-Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Leather, Oak

  • Red Fold Room Divider by Storängen Design
  • Red Fold Room Divider by Storängen Design
  • Red Fold Room Divider by Storängen Design
  • Red Fold Room Divider by Storängen Design
H 66.93 in. W 27.56 in. D 1.58 in.
Natural Fold Room Divider by Storängen Design
Located in Geneve, CH
Natural Fold room divider by Storängen Design Dimensions: D 4 x W 70 x H 170 cm Materials: oak wood, leather straps. Available in other colors and with or without pannels. Fold...
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2010s Swedish Post-Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Leather, Oak

  • Natural Fold Room Divider by Storängen Design
  • Natural Fold Room Divider by Storängen Design
  • Natural Fold Room Divider by Storängen Design
  • Natural Fold Room Divider by Storängen Design
H 66.93 in. W 27.56 in. D 1.58 in.
Antique European Gilt Embossed Leather Folding Room Divider
Located in Forney, TX
A spectacular antique European (likely Spanish or French) fine quality and elaborately decorated three panel folding screen room divider. Born in the late 19th / early 20th century...
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Early 20th Century European Renaissance Screens and Room Dividers

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Leather, Hardwood

Neoclassical Modern 3 Panel Mirrored Folding Room Divider Privacy Screen X
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage three panel modern neoclassical revival folding screen. Features a black wooden frame with geometric X design over mirrored accents. 3 Panels, 18" each= 72".  
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Late 20th Century Neoclassical Revival Screens and Room Dividers

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Mirror, Hardwood

Mid Century Rattan and Teak Folding Room Divider Screen, 1960s
Located in View Park, CA
A mid century room divider in rattan and teak, 1960s. Minor signs of age (as shown in photos) but overall fabulous vintage condition. Pick up in LA or worldwide shipping available. ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Rattan, Teak

20th Century Wood and Hand Painted Fabric Folding Room Divider
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
20th century Spanish folding hand painted room divider. By unknown manufacturer from Spain. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving ...
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20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Wood

Three Fold Crocodile Skin Room Divider
Located in London, GB
A French three fold room divider in hand stitched black crocodile skin. The reverse of plain dark wood, and with brass hinges.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Leather

  • Three Fold Crocodile Skin Room Divider
  • Three Fold Crocodile Skin Room Divider
  • Three Fold Crocodile Skin Room Divider
  • Three Fold Crocodile Skin Room Divider
H 114.18 in. W 59.06 in. D 2.37 in.
Folding Screen 'Kimono' Room Divider
By Daniel Nikolovski and Danu Chirinciuc
Located in San Pietro di Morubio, Verona
Enriched with refined details, this superb screen is a functional way to create privacy, divide areas in a large room or loft, while providing a stylish statement in a home. The stru...
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2010s Italian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Metal

  • Folding Screen 'Kimono' Room Divider
  • Folding Screen 'Kimono' Room Divider
  • Folding Screen 'Kimono' Room Divider
  • Folding Screen 'Kimono' Room Divider
H 70.87 in. W 92.13 in. D 9.06 in.
Wonderful Pine Folding Screen Room Divider
By Alberts Tibro
Located in Munich, DE
Made from woven pine stripes in massive wooden frames connected with leather.  
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Pine

  • Wonderful Pine Folding Screen Room Divider
  • Wonderful Pine Folding Screen Room Divider
  • Wonderful Pine Folding Screen Room Divider
  • Wonderful Pine Folding Screen Room Divider
H 62.21 in. W 70.87 in. D 0.79 in.
Wonderful Pine Folding Screen Room Divider
By Alberts Tibro
Located in Munich, DE
Made from woven pine stripes in massive wooden frames connected with leather.  
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Pine

  • Wonderful Pine Folding Screen Room Divider
  • Wonderful Pine Folding Screen Room Divider
  • Wonderful Pine Folding Screen Room Divider
  • Wonderful Pine Folding Screen Room Divider
H 62.21 in. W 94.49 in. D 0.79 in.
Handmade Tri-Fold Opaque Lacquer Folding Screen / Room Divider
By Atlas Industries
Located in Newburgh, NY
Sculptural, handcrafted, self-supporting screen for use as a stand-alone or combined to create a larger privacy wall. The tri-fold design can be oriented with the form tapering eithe...
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2010s American Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Hardwood

Boho Wicker Rattan Folding Screen Room Divider
Located in East Hampton, NY
Mid century boho white wicker rattan screen folding screen and room divider.  
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Late 20th Century American Bohemian Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wicker, Rattan

Handmade Tri-Fold Solid Maple Folding Screen or Room Divider
By Atlas Industries
Located in Newburgh, NY
Sculptural, self-supporting screen for use as a stand-alone or combined to create a larger privacy wall. The tri-fold design can be oriented with the form tapering either up or down....
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2010s American Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Bronze

Handmade Tri-Fold Solid Walnut Folding Screen or Room Divider
By Atlas Industries
Located in Newburgh, NY
Sculptural, self-supporting screen for use as a stand-alone or combined to create a larger privacy wall. The tri-fold design can be oriented with the form tapering either up or down....
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2010s American Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Walnut

40's Deco Folding Privacy Screen or Room Divider
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Deco Folding Privacy Screen with Stylized Black Iron Frame. Four Folding Panels each with Inset White Fabric, Fabric, not original to the screen, yet visibly vintage. Visible Wear is...
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Vintage 1940s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Iron

Asian Black Lacquer Folding Screen or Room Divider
By James Mont
Located in Atlanta, GA
Asian black lacquer folding screen or room divider, probably Chinese, circa 1960s. It has been recently reupholstered in a black and white color malachite print fabric. It is a versa...
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Vintage 1960s Chinese Chinoiserie Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Albert Jansson Folding Screen Room Divider, Sweden, 1950
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare and large folding screen designed by Albert Jansson, Sweden, 1950. This nice and decorative screen was made of beech woven strips and the frame is made of solid bees slats. The ...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Beech

Sculptural Four-Panel Folding Teak Screen Room Divider
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a beautiful and rare teak four-panel folding screen from Denmark, circa 1950. Made from hand formed solid teak frames with radiating bookmarked veneer inserts and carved rel...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Teak

Mid-Century Carved Folding Four Panel Room Divider Screen
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning mid-century carved teak four panel screen features intricately hand carved leaf detail and the Taj Mahal.
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Mid-20th Century Anglo-Indian Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Teak

Folding Screen 'Separe' Room Divider in Sottsass Grey Veneer
By Daniel Nikolovski and Danu Chirinciuc
Located in San Pietro di Morubio, Verona
Imperfections and irregularity are the most highly regarded form of beauty at KABINET. The designer duo are mesmerised by the almost-deformed-looking grains of elm burl - commonly fo...
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2010s Italian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Wood, Bentwood

Victorian Embossed Leather & Water Colour Folding Screen Room Divider
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer this lovely Victorian oak framed room divider with embossed leather to one side and hand coloured antique prints to the other What a find! This piece is ...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Screens and Room Dividers

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Leather, Oak

Italian Midcentury Folding Screen Room Divider Paravent with Fornasetti Fabric
Located in Morazzone, Varese
Gorgeous folding screen or room divider composed of three parts. Made in Italy on the 1990s. Made of solid chestnut wood in excellent quality and refined on one side with Fornasett...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Fabric, Chestnut

1970s Organic Modern Rattan Polychromed 3-Panel Folding Screen/Room Divider
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1970s organic modern polychromed three panel folding screen/room divider Usa, Circa 1970s A shapely 'roundel' example, fitted with three tapering panels each one with floating gree...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Metal

Joseph Konetsky 'Attributed' Folding Screen / Room Divider, Brass, USA, 1940s
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A folding screen / room divider. In welded brass. Features floral motifs, organic lines are enhanced by leaves. Design and production is attributed to Joseph Konetsky, Studio Philade...
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Vintage 1940s American Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Brass

Antique Photographer's Prop Screen, English, 3 Fold, Privacy, Room Divider, 1900
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique photographer's prop screen. An English, three fold privacy screen or room divider, dating to the late Victorian period, circa 1900. Presented as found, replete ...
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Antique Late 19th Century British Screens and Room Dividers

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Fabric

Folding Screen 'Separe' Room Divider in Terracotta Elm burl Veneer
By Daniel Nikolovski and Danu Chirinciuc
Located in San Pietro di Morubio, Verona
Imperfections and irregularity are the most highly regarded form of beauty at KABINET. The designer duo are mesmerised by the almost-deformed-looking grains of elm burl - commonly fo...
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2010s Italian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

Rare Pierre-Adrien Ekman Hand Painted Folding Screen / Room Divider
Located in Forney, TX
An extraordinarily scarce French hand-painted oil on canvas wooden three panel folding screen - room divider; Signed P.A. Ekman (Pierre-Adrien Ekman, France, 1904-1993), fabulous Tro...
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Mid-20th Century French Classical Greek Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood, Paint

Midcentury Teak Kumiko Folding Screen Room Divider Japanese Art Latticework
Located in Sherborne, Dorset
This wonderful four-panel folding wooden screen makes for a very elegant room divider. The Japanese woodwork art of Kumiko is a precise method of assembling wood pieces without glue ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Anglo-Japanese Screens and Room Dividers

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Teak

Folding Screen Room Divider Wood Velvet Upholstery & Gold Polished Brass Details
Located in Porto, PT
Rebus Folding Screen is the perfect choice for a room divider. Rotative screens that allows multiple combinations, in between the glass mirrored panels and the patterned upholstered ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Brass

Mid-18th Century Chinese Coromandel Ten Fold Screen / Room Divider
Located in Stamford, CT
Finest mid-18th century Chinese coromandel ten fold screen. The border with dragon motif and the center with pagodas, landscapes and various domestic scenes with court of noblemen an...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Chinese Chinese Export Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

Folding Screen Room Divider Wood Velvet Upholstery & Gold Polished Brass Details
Located in Porto, PT
Rebus Folding Screen is the perfect choice for a room divider. Rotative screens that allows multiple combinations, in between the glass mirrored panels and the patterned upholstered ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Art Deco Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Brass

Louis XVI Style 3-Panel Folding Screen / Room Divider with French Tapestry
Located in Stamford, CT
Louis XVI style 3-panel folding screen / room divider with French tapestry.
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

French Three-Panel Bamboo Wicker Rattan Folding Screen Room Divider, 1960s
Located in Atlanta, GA
Eye-catching Mid-Century Modern handcrafted rattan or wicker and bamboo three-panel folding screen, room divider with filigree decoration. Manufactured in France, in the 1960s. This ...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Metal, Brass

Gilt Iron Folding Screen / Room Divider with Foliage Details, Spain, 1950s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Faux bamboo foliage folding screen, wrought iron, gold leaf, Spain, 1960s Eye-catching gilt metal three-panel folding screen or room divider with faux bamboo ironstructure and folia...
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20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Metal, Iron, Gold Leaf

Chinese Black Lacquer 6 Panel Coromandel Folding Screen Room Divider Cranes Gods
Located in Dayton, OH
Mid 20th century monumental Coromandel black lacquer screen. Features two decorative designs; including cranes amist the treetops and clouds on one side; and along the other, gods o...
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Mid-20th Century Chinoiserie Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Hardwood, Lacquer

Chinese Black Carved Soapstone Geisha Girl 4 Panel Folding Screen Room Divider
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Chinese black lacquer carved soapstone geisha girl 4 panel folding screen room divider. Item features (4) folding panels, carved soapstone geisha girl scenes, gold paint deco...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Screens and Room Dividers

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Soapstone

Large Carved Walnut Hand-Painted Aquatic Theme Folding Screen Room Divider
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Large aquatic theme wall divider with intricately detailed high reliefs that contain a lot of the depth. The surface has been hand-painted in over 16 colors with many bright colors a...
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Vintage 1980s Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

Rustic French Burlap Grain Sacks and Wood Folding Screen / Room Divider
Located in Barcelona, ES
Eye-catching three-panel folding screen / room divider in white patinated wood upholstered with vintage French burlap grain sacks, France, 1960s. This wooden folding screen combines ...
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20th Century French French Provincial Screens and Room Dividers

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Fabric, Burlap, Wood

Art Deco Frosted Glass and Oak Slat Folding Screen Room Divider
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Art Deco folding screen room divider featuring a robust design of slat oakwood construction with frosted glass inserts, circa 1930s. Each panel is 68" tall X 20" wide X 2" deep wit...
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Screens and Room Dividers

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Oak, Glass

Danish Modern Sculptural Folding Screen / Room Divider in Pine, Made in 1960s
Located in Odense, DK
Unique and rare folding screen / roomdivider in solid pine. Made by a Danish Cabinetmaker in 1960s. A truly sculptural and artful piece, that with will complementary many interior st...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Pine

19th Century French Raised Panel Painted Wood Folding Screen Room Divider
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French painted wood folding screen from the 19th century. This antique room divider from France features four connected sections, each having a three carved-wood raised panel desig...
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Antique 19th Century French Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

Six-Panel Teak Asian, early 20th Century Folding Screen / Room Divider
Located in Stamford, CT
Six-panel teak, Asian, early 20th century. Folding screen / room divider. This spectacular one of a kind six panel work of art depicts Chinese glamour at its peak. The finest carving...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Export Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

Vintage Anglo Indian Teak Wood Brass Inlay 4 Panel Room Divider Folding Screen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Anglo-Indian teak wood brass inlay 4 panel room divider folding screen. Item features ornate brass inlay, 4 folding panels, nicely carved details, very nice vintage item, gre...
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Mid-20th Century Indian Spanish Colonial Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Brass

Sculptural Three-Panel Folding Screen Room Divider in Rattan and Wicker, 1960s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
This is a beautiful and rare wooden four-panel folding screen from Denmark, circa 1960. Beautiful four-panel screen, room divider, framing with intricately carved geometric desig...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Wicker, Rattan

Vintage Hand Painted Room Divider Folding Screen Armorial Crest Coat of Arms
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning and very decorative vintage hand painted folding screen with Armorial Crest Coat of Arms decoration A truly stunning piece of art...
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20th Century English High Victorian Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

Six Panel Split Reed Rattan Mirrored Palm Tree Folding Screen Room Divider
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of three panel room divider screens made of rattan in a palm tree motif… Very good vintage condition with only minor imperfections… Each panel measures 18 inches wide.
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Mid-20th Century Hollywood Regency Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Rattan, Mirror

Heavy 19th Century Painted French Window Shutter 3 Fold Screen, Room Divider
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Heavy 19th century painted French window shutter 3 fold screen, room divider This is a very heavy piece, the screen is 3 hard wood shutters which are in their original distressed ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Folk Art Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

Nautical Four Panel Yellow Folding Screen Room Divider with Painted Conch Shells
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Nautical four panel yellow painted folding screen room divider with painted conch seashells. Item features 4 panels, curved rope picture frame trim, painted conch seashell sections, ...
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Late 20th Century North American Hollywood Regency Screens and Room Divi...

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Wood, Paint

20th Century Arts & Crafts Folding Screen & Hand Painted Decoration Room Divider
Located in Miami, FL
Unique and highly decorative, work of art folding screen. Some will call this amazing and practical size folding screen Arts & Crafts and some will call it Classical Art Nouveau. ...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Arts and Crafts Screens and Room Dividers

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Walnut, Paint

Four Fold Screen Original Painting by Mikel Dalbret Artist Vintage Room Divider
By Mikel Dalbret
Located in Mimizan, FR
Original one of a kind Screen signed Mikel Dalbret room divider. Mikel Dalbret was born in Tunisia 1941 living and painting in the Pays Basque region of France since 1985 with exhibi...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

Folding Iron and Stone Divider
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Four-panel room divider with wrought iron frame and stone inserts, signed by the artist. Metal dancers on top. Stone inserts can be taken out and moved to fill out the missing areas....
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20th Century Screens and Room Dividers

  • Folding Iron and Stone Divider
  • Folding Iron and Stone Divider
  • Folding Iron and Stone Divider
  • Folding Iron and Stone Divider
H 71.5 in. W 106 in. D 3 in.
An exquisite early 19th Century hand painted four-fold leather room divider.
Located in Alton, GB
An exquisite early 19th Century continental (possibly of Italian origins) circa 1820 four-fold leather room divider with an elegant fruit and floral pattern with birds perched. Hand ...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Victorian Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Brass

Tall Fern Folding Screen/Room Divider in Walnut with Metal and Fabric Screens
By Meredith Hart Furniture
Located in Durham, NC
This is a collaboration with artist and metalworker Elsa Hoffman who does the metal cutouts. The metal has natural discoloration and can be rusted if preferred. This folding screen a...
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2010s American Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Steel

Art Deco Revival 3-Panel Folding Screen or Room Divider Gold Silver and Bronze
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous Art Deco Revival three-panel folding screen or room divider comprised of hand painted MDF with a lacquered finish, textured bronze and gold orbital circle and burst designs ...
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Late 20th Century Unknown Art Deco Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Paint, Lacquer

Baumman 1940s Wooden Folding Screen Divider
By Jomaine Baumann
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Baumman 1940s wooden folding screen divider.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

  • Baumman 1940s Wooden Folding Screen Divider
  • Baumman 1940s Wooden Folding Screen Divider
  • Baumman 1940s Wooden Folding Screen Divider
  • Baumman 1940s Wooden Folding Screen Divider
H 59.06 in. W 78.75 in. D 0.79 in.
Wooden and Mirror Folding Screen Divider
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Magnificent screen divider composed of 4 panels in a wooden structure and mirrored glass adorned with birds in one side and mirrors in back.
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21st Century and Contemporary Unknown Art Deco Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Mirror, Wood

  • Wooden and Mirror Folding Screen Divider
  • Wooden and Mirror Folding Screen Divider
  • Wooden and Mirror Folding Screen Divider
  • Wooden and Mirror Folding Screen Divider
H 78.75 in. W 17.72 in. D 1.58 in.
Mid Century Room Divider Folding Screen
Located in New York, NY
Bendheim Glass panel room divider privacy folding screen. Mahogany panels with colored molded glass set in squares creating a geometric design. Bendheim press molded glass squares ha...
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Vintage 1970s American Architectural Elements

Materials

Glass, Mahogany

Rattan and Wicker Cane Folding Screen Divider
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Magnificent screen divider in natural fiber composed of 3 panels in a curved rattan structure adorned with wicker cane.
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Screens and Ro...

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Wicker, Cane, Rattan

  • Rattan and Wicker Cane Folding Screen Divider
  • Rattan and Wicker Cane Folding Screen Divider
  • Rattan and Wicker Cane Folding Screen Divider
  • Rattan and Wicker Cane Folding Screen Divider
H 70.48 in. W 63 in. D 1.19 in.
Rattan and Wicker Cane Folding Screen Divider
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Magnificent screen in natural fiber composed of 3 panels in a curved rattan structure adorned with wicker cane.
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21st Century and Contemporary European Mid-Century Modern Screens and Ro...

Materials

Wicker, Cane, Rattan

  • Rattan and Wicker Cane Folding Screen Divider
  • Rattan and Wicker Cane Folding Screen Divider
  • Rattan and Wicker Cane Folding Screen Divider
  • Rattan and Wicker Cane Folding Screen Divider
H 67.33 in. W 47.25 in. D 1.19 in.
French Modern Cerused Oak 4-Panel Folding Screen/Divider
Located in Hollywood, FL
A folding four panel screen , made of cerused oak, with a wonderful patina. The open cut design allows light and air to pass though freely. Very chunky and substantial, this screen...
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Vintage 1960s Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Oak

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Folding Room Dividers For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of folding room dividers for sale on 1stDibs. The range of distinct folding room dividers — often made from wood, hardwood and fabric — can elevate any home. Find 105 antique and vintage folding room dividers at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 9 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. There are all kinds of folding room dividers available, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Folding room dividers are generally popular furniture pieces, but Mid-Century Modern, Modern and Scandinavian Modern styles are often sought at 1stDibs. There have been many well-made folding room dividers over the years, but those made by Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller and Atlas Industries are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

Finding the Right Screens and Room Dividers for You

Whether they are implemented as decorative accents or makeshift partitions to ensure privacy, antique and vintage folding screens and room dividers easily introduce sophistication and depth to any space in your home.

The earliest examples of folding screens are said to have originated in China and go back at least as far as the Han dynasty. Screens of the era were heavy structures made of wood and had hinges of cloth or leather. They were adorned with elaborate landscape paintings that were typically created on silk or paper canvases and applied directly to the screen’s panels afterward. Just as they had been in the 20th century and today, the folding screens then were recognized for both their practical and purely decorative properties.

Japanese room-divider screens were also decorated with paintings but constructed to be lightweight and mobile. They took on considerable event-based importance when the structures gained popularity in the East Asian country, as the folding screens were used in performing arts such as concerts, tea ceremonies and more. Later, artists elsewhere warmed to folding screens and sought to create their own.

In European countries such as France, where they were known as paravent, folding screens began to materialize in apartments in Paris, gaining favor with the likes of pioneering couturier Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, who is said to have accrued more than 30 and used them as a precursor to what we now know as wallpaper.

On 1stDibs, find a wide range of antique and vintage folding screens and room dividers, which, given their history, may do a better job of bringing people and cultures together in your home than sectioning off a space. Search by material to find options in metal, fabric or wood, or browse by style for mid-century modern designs and examples from the Art Deco era.

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