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Exquisite Custom Studio Trompe L'oeil Four-Panel Folding Screen

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Impressive midcentury 84" tall four-panel folding floor screen. Brass sabots on the base supports, brass hinges, gloss black lacquer reverse with gilt stenciled Buddhist symbols. The main body of the screen is a Trompe L'oeil curio cabinet filled with an intriguing collection of artifacts, landscape paintings and leather bound volumes. The faux ivory shelves and sponge painted back drops give a visual boost to all that is held within. In excellent condition with minor wear consistent with gentle use.
  • Similar to:
    Dorothy Draper (Designer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 84 in (213.36 cm)Width: 64 in (162.56 cm)Depth: 1.25 in (3.18 cm)
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    circa 1965
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location:
    Camden, ME
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: App 4081stDibs: LU89841613692
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