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Italian Neoclassical Painted Screen with Pompeiian Fresco
Located in Stamford, CT
18th century Italian four-panel painted screen depicting a Roman rotunda or temple structure in the style and coloring of the frescos found at Pompeii. It is wonderful mounted on the...
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Screens and Room Dividers

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Paper

Late 19th Century Painted Screen with Hunt Scene
Located in New York, NY
Late 19th century English painted screen with hunt scene. Three arched painted leather panels with burlap back and brass tack edges. Measures: 72.25 x 20" (each panel).
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Antique Late 19th Century English Victorian Screens and Room Dividers

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Brass

Continental Painted Screen
Located in Westwood, NJ
A Continental polychrome painted leather three-panel screen, each panel with three gilt oval medallions depicting vases of flowers and exotic birds, all on a black ground. Reverse u...
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Antique Late 19th Century European Screens and Room Dividers

  • Continental Painted Screen
  • Continental Painted Screen
  • Continental Painted Screen
  • Continental Painted Screen
H 80 in. W 75 in. D 1 in.
Rare Hand Painted Screen
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
M/781 - Rare beautiful hand painted screen on wood: from France, mid '800. On a side: an imaginary garden with flowers' triumph; on the other side: Chinese lacquered. nr. 9 panels ...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Aesthetic Movement Decorative Art

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Paint

  • Rare Hand Painted Screen
  • Rare Hand Painted Screen
  • Rare Hand Painted Screen
  • Rare Hand Painted Screen
H 62.21 in. W 124.02 in. D 1.19 in.
20th Century Four Panel Hand Painted Screen
Located in Miami, FL
An Italian hand painted wood room divider from the 20th century. This antique accordion style folding screen from Italy features 4 connected panels, each with an arch-shaped top, wit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Nouveau Screens and Room Dividers

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Wood

  • 20th Century Four Panel Hand Painted Screen
  • 20th Century Four Panel Hand Painted Screen
  • 20th Century Four Panel Hand Painted Screen
  • 20th Century Four Panel Hand Painted Screen
H 83.47 in. W 72.45 in. D 1.19 in.
Book Motif Painted Screen
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of four fold wood screens with folk art trompe l'oeil painting of books on shelves. Each panel measures 36.25” Height by 12.00” Wide by 0.5” Depth. The screens can be free standi...
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20th Century American Screens and Room Dividers

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Wood

  • Book Motif Painted Screen
  • Book Motif Painted Screen
  • Book Motif Painted Screen
  • Book Motif Painted Screen
H 36.25 in. W 48.00 in. D 0.50 in.
Large Six Panel Robert Crowder Hand Painted Screen with Branches and Birds
By Robert Crowder
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Large six panel, hand painted screen by Robert Crowder depicting branches, flowers and birds.
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Mid-20th Century Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Paint

10 Panel Hand-Painted Screen After Otto Dix's Painting Metropolis
Located in Miami, FL
10 Panel hand-painted screen after Otto Dix's Painting Metropolis. Offered for sale is a 10-panel hand-painted screen after Otto Dix's original painting "Metropolis". This screen wa...
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Vintage 1920s German Art Deco Screens and Room Dividers

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Wood

Four Panel Folding Painted Screen
Located in Wilson, NC
This folding screen is painted with classical urns, flowers, and teal valanced swags topping the center cartouche. One panel measures: 17 7/8 ".
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1990s American Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Canvas, Paint

  • Four Panel Folding Painted Screen
  • Four Panel Folding Painted Screen
  • Four Panel Folding Painted Screen
  • Four Panel Folding Painted Screen
H 84 in. W 72.88 in. D 1 in.
Vintage Monumental Hand Painted Screen
By Fornasetti
Located in west palm beach, FL
Incredible vintage hand painted panels. Can be hung on the wall as panels or add hinges to make it a folding screen. Either one is possible. A magnificent hand painting Grand Tour co...
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Antique Early 19th Century North American Grand Tour Screens and Room Di...

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Gold

  • Vintage Monumental Hand Painted Screen
  • Vintage Monumental Hand Painted Screen
  • Vintage Monumental Hand Painted Screen
  • Vintage Monumental Hand Painted Screen
H 97 in. W 126 in. D 1.5 in.
Early Asian Two Panel Painted Screen
Located in Great Barrington, MA
A beautifully enamel painted early Asian two part wooden folding screen, each section measuring 19.5" wide x 58".high, Although there are many areas where paint has started to peel a...
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Antique 19th Century Asian Chinese Export Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

  • Early Asian Two Panel Painted Screen
  • Early Asian Two Panel Painted Screen
  • Early Asian Two Panel Painted Screen
  • Early Asian Two Panel Painted Screen
H 58 in. W 39 in. D 1 in.
Blue Hand Painted Screen, Jan Garncarek
By Jan Garncarek
Located in Geneve, CH
Hand painted cloth in a full brass frame. It is delicate and beautiful solution to divide the space. Each screen is different and unusual because of the painting created by the artis...
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2010s Polish Post-Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Brass

  • Blue Hand Painted Screen, Jan Garncarek
  • Blue Hand Painted Screen, Jan Garncarek
  • Blue Hand Painted Screen, Jan Garncarek
  • Blue Hand Painted Screen, Jan Garncarek
H 70.87 in. W 74.81 in. D 0.99 in.
Art Nouveau Painted Screen by, Daniel McMorris
By Daniel Mcmorris
Located in Englewood, NJ
An Art Nouveau oil on canvas wood tryptic screen by American Illustrator Daniel McMorris decorated with five semi nude Art Nouveau maidens dancing and frolicking in a forest. The scr...
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Screens and Room Dividers

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Wood, Canvas

19th Century French Hand Painted Screen
Located in Asheville, NC
19th Century Hand Painted Canvas Four Panel Folding Screen with charming French Provincial scenes on front and stylized stenciled flowers on back, named inscription on side
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Antique 19th Century French Country Screens and Room Dividers

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Wood

  • 19th Century French Hand Painted Screen
  • 19th Century French Hand Painted Screen
  • 19th Century French Hand Painted Screen
  • 19th Century French Hand Painted Screen
H 85 in. W 70 in. D 1.5 in.
English Painted Screen with Bird and Flower Motif
Located in Charleston, SC
English painted leather screen. Small scale. Leather tacked onto interior frame. Bird and floral motif.
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Early 20th Century European Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Leather

Hand Painted Screen, Jan Garncarek and Ewelina Makosa
By Jan Garncarek
Located in Geneve, CH
Hand painted cloth in a full brass frame. It is delicate and beautiful solution to divide the space. Each screen is different and unusual because of the painting created by the artis...
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2010s Polish Post-Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Brass

Hand Painted Screen, Jan Garncarek and Ewelina Makosa
By Jan Garncarek
Located in Geneve, CH
Hand painted cloth in a full brass frame. It is a delicate and beautiful solution to divide the space. Each screen is different and unusual because of the painting created by the art...
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2010s Polish Post-Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Brass

Chinese Painted Screen with Bamboo Forest and Figures, Large Scale
Located in Stamford, CT
Impressive large-scale Chinese hand-painted six-panel screen depicting a bamboo forest interspersed with groups of figures, houses and rock outcroppings. Hand painted paper, the vert...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Paintings and Screens

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Paper

Four Fold Hand Painted Screen Depicting a Thai Folk Story
Located in London, GB
A wonderful and vibrant hand painted wooden four fold screen with hand painted images depicting a Thai folk tale story (Lakhon Nai) A magical contemporary version of a performing art...
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Mid-20th Century French Screens and Room Dividers

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Wood

Folding Painted Screen of a Woman attributed to Jacques Grange
By Jacques Grange
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
This depiction of a reclining female with paper umbrella is designed by Jacques Grange. Painted acrylic on canvas, mounted on wood.
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20th Century French Screens and Room Dividers

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Acrylic, Canvas

German Rococo Four Panel Painted Screen, Mid-18th Century
Located in Spencertown, NY
The 4 panels depicting fete galante scenes within cartouches. old cracquelure to paint, loss of paint to corners.
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Antique Mid-18th Century German Rococo Screens and Room Dividers

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Canvas

Maximalist Four-Panel Hand Painted Screen, After Jean Cocteau, 1950s
By Jean Cocteau
Located in Miami, FL
A striking surrealist hand painted floor screen comprised of four canvas panels with profiles centering a "visage de faune" (faun's face), a frequent subject of Cocteau's art. The mo...
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Vintage 1950s French Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Brass

1870s Italian Painted Screen of Hunters on Hoses with Dogs
Located in Tarrytown, NY
1870s Italian painted 3 panel screen of hunters on horses with dogs. Each panels width is 20”.
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Antique 1870s Screens and Room Dividers

French Six Panel Gilt Art Deco Hand Painted Screen with Deer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
French six panel gilt Art Deco screen with deer - Ca. 1935, The six panels bi-fold with a solid gilt reverse. Each panel measures 18.3" wide and 73" tall. A total expanded length of ...
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20th Century French Art Deco Screens and Room Dividers

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Paint, Giltwood

Country English Five Panel Painted Screen Equestrian Landscape
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Remarkable country English five panel folding screen depicting an English countryside with equestrian riders and dogs. The screen is constructed from wooden panels supported by brass...
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20th Century English Country Paintings

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Brass

Six Panel Hand Painted Faux Malachite Screen
Located in San Francisco, CA
Fabulously realistic malachite hand painted screen with six double hinged folding panels. American, Circa 1980. Black painted on the reverse side.
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20th Century American Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

Hand Painted Robert Crowder, Chinoiserie Screen with Gold Leaf Detail
By Robert Crowder
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Robert Crowder, Four Panel, Chinoiserie, Hand Painted Screen with Gold Leaf Detail
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Mid-20th Century North American Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Paint, Paper

Three-Panel Painted Sea Shell Screen
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Three-panel hand painted screen depicting a variety of sea shells on the front and solid painted panels on reverse. Screen has three panels each 16" wide and 76" high.
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20th Century Screens and Room Dividers

  • Three-Panel Painted Sea Shell Screen
  • Three-Panel Painted Sea Shell Screen
  • Three-Panel Painted Sea Shell Screen
  • Three-Panel Painted Sea Shell Screen
H 76 in. W 48 in. D 1 in.
Black Robert Crowder, Chinoiserie Screen with Gold Leaf Detail
By Robert Crowder
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Black Robert Crowder, Four Panel, Chinoiserie, Hand Painted Screen with Gold Leaf Detail.
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20th Century American Chinoiserie Paintings and Screens

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Paint, Paper

Artistic Hand Painted French Screen Divider in a Festive White and Deep Red
Located in Bronx, NY
Artistic Hand painted Screen divider in a festive white and deep red.
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Vintage 1960s European Belle Époque Screens and Room Dividers

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Hardwood

Rare Four Panel Screen with Hand Painted Camels and Sherpas
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Rare 4 panel hand painted screen on canvas featuring three Bactrian camels lead by a Mongolian Sherpa with dog. Good consistent condition with its age (100 years) no tears to canvas,...
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Vintage 1920s Mongolian Screens and Room Dividers

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Canvas, Hardwood

Large Dramatic Hand Painted 4 Panel Screen Room Divider
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Fabulously theatrical large hand painted screen of a light and shadow filled interior having 4 panels. The scene is viewed through trompe l'oeil doors and one can see a slice of an e...
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Vintage 1980s North American Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

French Louis XVI Leather and Hand Painted Three Panel Screen Expandable
Located in West Hartford, CT
A very decorative French Louis XVI three panel painted screen. The three painted panels are bordered by antique nails over leather trim and are nothing short of magnificent. The whol...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XVI Screens and Room Dividers

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Metal

Lillian Gorbachincky Atelier Nuvole Glass Divider Screens
By Lillian Gorbachincky
Located in US
Lillian Gorbachincky's limited edition Nuvole divider screen featuring hand-painted screens laminated in glass, framed in bronze, designed and fabricated by Lillian Gorbachincky Atel...
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2010s American Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Bronze

Lillian Gorbachincky Atelier Nuvole Art Glass & Bronze Divider Screens
By Lillian Gorbachincky
Located in US
Lillian Gorbachincky's limited edition Nuvole divider screen featuring hand-painted screens laminated in glass, framed in bronze, designed and fabricated by Lillian Gorbachincky Atel...
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2010s American Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Bronze

French Renaissance Revival Folding Three-Panel Screen with Hand-Painted Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Renaissance Revival folding three-panel screen with hand-painted Grotesque motifs and inset glass from the 19th century. Reminding us of motifs that one would see on the cei...
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Antique 19th Century French Renaissance Revival Screens and Room Dividers

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Canvas, Glass, Wood

Fine Pair of Fine 18th Century Painted European Screens
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A pair of 18th century scene painted screens with very good color and excellent form. All with scenes with men in capes and plumed hats, some on horseback, some soldiers, a merchant ...
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Antique Late 18th Century European Rococo Screens and Room Dividers

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Canvas, Wood

18th Century Hand-Painted Venetian Style Aquamarine 3-Panels Otello Screen
By Porte Italia
Located in Ronchi dei Legionari, IT
From our Hand-Painted Furniture Collection, we are pleased to introduce you to our aquamarine otello screen with ochre chinoiserie vignettes. A hand-painted screen evokes the luxury...
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2010s Italian Other Screens and Room Dividers

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Wood

Trompe L'oeil Screen or Room Divider in the Manner of Piero Fornasetti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A fantastic, one-sided, hand painted screen after Piero Fornasetti. A wonderfully surreal, architectural, Escher-esque stair and ladder motif; an of-the-period replica of a portion o...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Screens and Room Dividers

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Hardwood

19th Century French Folding Screen with Original Hand-Painted Outdoor Scene
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French painted folding screen room divider from the 19th century. This antique accordion style folding screen from France features four tall rectangular panels, each approximately ...
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Antique 19th Century French Neoclassical Screens and Room Dividers

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Wood

Japanese Showa Period Folding Screen with Painted Cranes
Located in New York, NY
Japanese Showa period four panel folding screen finely painted with a theme of cranes in four elegant positions. The piece is signed and was made in circa 1950 in Japan. In great vi...
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Vintage 1950s Japanese Showa Paintings and Screens

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Paint

Hand Painted Abstract Expressionism Calligraphy Asian Screen
By Sōfu Teshigahara
Located in Atlanta, GA
Hand painted abstract expressionism calligraphy Asian folding screen, in the manner of Robert Motherwell, Sofu Teshigahara, et al, believed to be Japanese, circa 1950s. This piece is...
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Vintage 1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Paintings and Screens

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Fabric, Wood, Paper

Chinese Reverse Painted Glass and Hardwood Table Screen
Located in Austin, TX
An unusual table screen featuring a reverse glass painted portrait of a young noble lady set into a hardwood frame and stand. The beautiful maiden has a round face with a high foreh...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Paintings and Screens

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Glass, Hardwood

Impressively Scaled Chinoiserie Hand Painted Silk Six-Fold Screen
Located in New York, NY
Finely painted Chinoiserie with Mandarin court figures engaged in leisurely and scholarly pursuits outdoors. Featuring a soft palette of parchment, blues, and green. With a solid dar...
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20th Century European Paintings and Screens

Materials

Wood, Silk

Hand Painted Asian Screen
Located in Atlanta, GA
Hand painted Asian folding screen, probably Chinese, believed to be circa 1950s, possibly much earlier. It depicts two scholars playing a game under a flowing tree. As you can see fr...
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Vintage 1950s Chinese Chinoiserie Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Paper

  • Hand Painted Asian Screen
  • Hand Painted Asian Screen
  • Hand Painted Asian Screen
  • Hand Painted Asian Screen
H 58.75 in. W 71 in. D 3.5 in.
Portuguese Hand Painted Dressing Screen
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
Antique Portuguese four panel (with 49.5 cm each), hand painted dressing screen. This antique dressing screen is a hand painted wooden screen with Lisbon motives and historical monum...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Portuguese Other Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

  • Portuguese Hand Painted Dressing Screen
  • Portuguese Hand Painted Dressing Screen
  • Portuguese Hand Painted Dressing Screen
  • Portuguese Hand Painted Dressing Screen
H 63 in. W 78.75 in. D 1.38 in.
Room Divider Hand Painted 4 Panel Screen
Located in Fulton, CA
Impressive four panel hand painted folding screen. Colonial or Early American scene with rider on horse courting a woman. Forrest in background with reclined dog. In the manner of th...
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Mid-20th Century American American Colonial Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood, Paint

  • Room Divider Hand Painted 4 Panel Screen
  • Room Divider Hand Painted 4 Panel Screen
  • Room Divider Hand Painted 4 Panel Screen
  • Room Divider Hand Painted 4 Panel Screen
H 72.75 in. W 76 in. D 1.63 in.
Gold Pebble Screen Gold Leaf Painted
Located in Paris, FR
Screen gold pebble in fiber glass and gold leaf hand-painted. With 3 folding screens.
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Screens and Room Dividers

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Gold Leaf

  • Gold Pebble Screen Gold Leaf Painted
  • Gold Pebble Screen Gold Leaf Painted
  • Gold Pebble Screen Gold Leaf Painted
  • Gold Pebble Screen Gold Leaf Painted
H 57.09 in. W 79.14 in. D 5.52 in.
17th Century 'Late 1600s', Japanese Edo Period 12-Panel Folding Screen Painted
Located in North Miami, FL
A pair of 17th Century (Late 1600s) Japanese Edo screens made of 12-panels. This folding silk screen is painted on a gold leaf background. It has a silk border and lacquered-wood fra...
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Antique 17th Century Japanese Edo Paintings and Screens

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Silk, Wood, Paint, Paper

Colorful Hand Painted Watermelon Folding Screen
Located in Atlanta, GA
Colorful hand painted Folk Art watermelon folding screen, Yucatan, Mexico, circa 1970s. This piece is a versatile size and can be used as a folding screen, room divider, or headboard...
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Vintage 1970s Mexican Folk Art Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Wood

Antique Painted Three-Panel Folding Screen
Located in Austin, TX
Antique folding screen of three hinged parts fronted with six inset panels of painted scenes framed in gold leaf. Gold leafed wood drapes on red panels ground the piece with a luxuri...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Napoleon III Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Antique Painted Three-Panel Folding Screen
  • Antique Painted Three-Panel Folding Screen
  • Antique Painted Three-Panel Folding Screen
  • Antique Painted Three-Panel Folding Screen
H 56.5 in. W 51.75 in. D 0.75 in.
Chinese Chinoiserie Hand Painted Coromandel Screen Room Divider Painting Art
Located in West Hartford, CT
Like nothing else you've seen, this magnificent chinoiserie three piece antique coromandel screen has one large middle section that measures sixty inches wide and then two side secti...
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Chinoiserie Paintings and Screens

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Wood, Lacquer

Finely Painted French Chinoiserie Three-Panel Screen
Located in New York, NY
Comprising three shaped oil on canvas panels, with shirred ivory silk to the reverse, within a conforming greige-painted surround exquisitely painted in lavender sepia tones with sce...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Belle Époque Screens and Room Dividers

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Canvas, Silk, Wood, Paint

Painted Folk Art Four-Panel Floor Screen
Located in Troy, NY
A very unique charmingly decorative double sided screen, painted oil on canvas, seemingly an oversized idea of the sketchbook or travelogue. One side of the screen shows an imaginary...
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Country Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Canvas

Hand Painted Three Panel Wood Screen
Located in San Francisco, CA
C. 20th Century 1930's - 1950's Hand Painted Three Panel Wood Screen.
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20th Century Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Gold Leaf, Silver Leaf

  • Hand Painted Three Panel Wood Screen
  • Hand Painted Three Panel Wood Screen
  • Hand Painted Three Panel Wood Screen
  • Hand Painted Three Panel Wood Screen
H 71.75 in. W 54.50 in. D 1 in.
Spectacular Four Panel Hand-Painted Lacquer Screen
Located in London, GB
Floor standing folding screen, four-fold, lacquered, 165cm H x 162cm L extended, with floral Decoration and butterfly. This four panel screen is made of painted lacquer with abund...
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Vintage 1970s French Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Lacquer

  • Spectacular Four Panel Hand-Painted Lacquer Screen
  • Spectacular Four Panel Hand-Painted Lacquer Screen
  • Spectacular Four Panel Hand-Painted Lacquer Screen
  • Spectacular Four Panel Hand-Painted Lacquer Screen
H 64.97 in. W 63.78 in. D 1.58 in.
Hardwood and Painted Porcelain Chinese Screen
Located in London, GB
This exquisite Chinese screen is crafted from Hongmu, a dark rosewood from South East Asia. The ornately carved and pierced frame depicts dragons and scrolling foliate shapes. The ce...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Screens and Room Dividers

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Porcelain, Hardwood

  • Hardwood and Painted Porcelain Chinese Screen
  • Hardwood and Painted Porcelain Chinese Screen
  • Hardwood and Painted Porcelain Chinese Screen
  • Hardwood and Painted Porcelain Chinese Screen
H 26.38 in. W 17.72 in. D 7.88 in.
Four-Panel Painted Neoclassical French Screen
Located in Sheffield, MA
Each panel decorated with a landscape. Each panel is H.69 in. by 22 in.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Screens and Room Dividers

French Painted and Gilt Fire Screen
Located in Charleston, SC
French gilt carved wood and painted free standing fire screen with floral medallion motif terminating on lions paw feet. Dealers please call for trade price.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Screens and Room Dividers

Antique Japanese Screen
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Good 18th century six fold antique Japanese screen with many sections each containing different scenes of animals, travellers and other topical things of a Japanese nature Measure...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Japanese Paintings and Screens

Materials

Paint, Wood, Paper, Lacquer

  • Antique Japanese Screen
  • Antique Japanese Screen
  • Antique Japanese Screen
  • Antique Japanese Screen
H 67.5 in. W 150 in. D 1 in.
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Painted Screens For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of painted screens for sale on 1stDibs. Each of these unique painted screens was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, paint and metal. We have 642 antique and vintage painted screens in-stock, while there are 19 modern editions to choose from as well. Painted screens have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Painted screens made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Art Deco — are very popular at 1stDibs. There have been many well-made painted screens over the years, but those made by Robert Crowder, Jan Garncarek and Fornasetti 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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