Bone and lacquer panel
China, 18th Century
A small rectangular panel, decorated with a carved prunus tree issuing from a rocky base with grasses. From the branches of the prunus tree grow blooms and buds. The background is lacquered a uniform dark brown colour. The back of the panel is lacquered in gold with scattered floral sprays. The panel is contained within a plain hardwood frame.
This wonderful decorative panel most probably formed originally part of a scholar’s table screen, designed to stop papers from blowing away and also to stop eyes from prying when executing the very arduous scholar’s exam.
此屏呈长方形，其以深褐色大漆为地，漆面平整，上嵌雕工精湛的岩石、梅桩以及梅花骨饰片；背面则于漆面上绘以兰花、竹叶以及菊花，与正面的梅花交相呼应，取 “四君子” 之意。边框采用上好的花梨木，木质细腻，木纹清晰自然。