A Small Lac Burgaute Scholar's Table Screen

17th/18th Century

5 inches high, 4 3/4 inches across


Of square format standing on wide arched supports, inlaid in delicate gold leaf and mother of pearl on a black lacquer ground with a lake scene to one side and a figural landscape to the other, the lake scene with two figures in a boat below pine and mountains and the other with attendants near a scholar with pavilions and vegetation, each scene set within an ogival cartouch set against a formalized cell ground, the edges with a dense floral design.