Royal Doulton Lacquer 4 Panel Folding Cream Table Screen, Hand Painted in the Florentine Grisaille Style
A very rare and exquisite Royal Doulton lacquer 4 panel folding screen, each lacquer panel elegantly hand-painted in alternating Florentine designs executed in a Grisaille style against a cream craquelure background. The design on each panel framed with a repeating green bell flower border. The panels connected with 2-way hinges allowing for a variety of display configurations. This can serve as a divider, can be mounted on a wall, a table screen or purely as a beautifully decorative piece on a console.
Retains Royal Doulton makers label on verso. Lacquer over wood construction.
Condition is excellent.
Mid 20th Century. English.
Each panel 36" high x 12" wide x 7/8". Expands to 49" wide when open & 36" x 12" x 4" when fully closed.
In the late 18th century this technique was used to imitate classical sculpture on walls, panels and ceiling decorations. Among glass painters, grisaille is the name of a gray, vitreous pigment used in the art of colouring glass. In French, grisaille has also come to mean any painting technique in which translucent oil colours are laid over a monotone underpainting.
In the grisaille enamel painting technique, pulverized white vitreous enamel is made into a paste for decorative uses.