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Miniature Table Screen

Asian Art

Although an early Ming dynasty critical text, the Ge gu yao fun (The Essential Criteria of Antiquities), which sought to define proper scholarly taste, condemned cloisonné enamels as gaudy things appropriate only in a woman's room, there are small enamel objects that are appropriate for a scholar's table. The Miniature Table Screen, which has a carved jade panel on the front and a night scene on the back, would have been used to set off a table top as a special space, fit for painting or calligraphy.

MEDIUM Cloisonne enamel on copper alloy, inset carved jade panel and wooden stand
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES 1736-1795
    DYNASTY Qing Dynasty
    PERIOD Yuan Dynasty (jade); Qianlong Period (screen)
    DIMENSIONS 7 1/8 x 6 x 2 1/2 in. (18.1 x 15.2 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 35.1078a-b
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Samuel P. Avery
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Miniature Table Screen, 1736-1795. Cloisonne enamel on copper alloy, inset carved jade panel and wooden stand, 7 1/8 x 6 x 2 1/2 in. (18.1 x 15.2 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Samuel P. Avery, 35.1078a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.35.1078a_view1.jpg)
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     <em>Miniature Table Screen</em>, 1736-1795. Cloisonne enamel on copper alloy, inset carved jade panel and wooden stand, 7 1/8 x 6 x 2 1/2 in. (18.1 x 15.2 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Samuel P. Avery, 35.1078a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.35.1078a_view1.jpg)