The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 29, 1998 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 29, 1998
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. THE SALINA JOURNAL HOME R GARDEN FRIDAY, MAY 29/1998 . T DIVIDERS Wooden screens being used on walls Wooden screens can be hung on walls in large rooms : By JENNIFER HARDEN '- Scripps Howard News Service *• •* / -Katrina Baird wanted a large i mirror or piece of tapestry to ac- 'cent the wall above the fireplace ',', in her Memphis, Tenn., home. ; , "We needed something large be•cause of the size of the room," she ;says. Nothing worked until she found Va two-piece wooden screen at Pal, ladio, an antiques store in Mem' phis. ;'• Each panel measures 36 by 88 »' inches. £: "It's perfect. It really opens up 'the room," she says. •. The oil-on-wood panels feature a ',; European landscape as seen from vtwo different doorways. Unlike • most screens, the panels are not 1 connected. "We think there's a ; missing panel," Baird says. •'. "I'm finding more and more peo- ;;ple putting screens on the wall," * says Mindy Roberts, owner of Pal- -ladio. "They are using it in place - of a picture. There are now larger 'rooms that need wall space filled." " ^Katrina and her husband, Mick, ;.have a leather screen in a corner - of their study. It's about 100 years -old and has been in Katrina's family for 20 years. ; They wanted to hang the four;; panel screen on the wall but didn't -want to risk damaging it. "It's so •^old, it would crack," she says. Origins in China ; ~. Screens originated in China 'jmore than 2,000 years ago, as a Sway to control light and drafts or Dto create privacy, according to the ^Dictionary of Furniture. There ^are two Chinese types, the folding Jjscreen composed of several hinged * panels and the single panel set in a stand. ; Screens were first made in Eu', rope during medieval times. In the 17th century, screens were influ- -enced by oriental designs and cov- !t ANTIQUE DETECTIVE Soripps Howard News Service Two parts of what might have been a three-panel screen hang in the great room of Katrina and Mick Baird's home in Memphis, Tenn. ered in velvets, decorative leathers and tapestries. But as with most types of furniture, what was born of necessity has become decorative as well. Several types popular According to Frances MacDougall, art and antiques editor for Southern Accents magazine, European-style screens are popular decorative items today. "I'm seeing a lot of 17th century Italian leather screens with the rich, dark colors that are being used as a (room) divider or to hide a corner. Another real popular one now is the wallpaper screens that are from 18th century France, and they have scenes painted on them. We will be featuring one with a cupid (in the magazine). It's light and playful and colorful." Sukey Brooks filled some of the wall space in her East Memphis home with two hand-painted screens. The screen in the dining room is a country scene with colors that blend with the rug under the dining room table. The other three-panel screen, featuring a black background and gilded cherubs and urns, hangs above her bathtub. MacDougall says oriental-style screens also are popular. "You will see a lot of the Chinese coro- mandel screens dating from the 17th century to the early 18th century. The tall panels are real big 'and colorful, and the smaller ones are less elaborate." Coromandel was developed in China and is a form of decorative lacquer. "The older coromandels were done in different designs on both sides," says Victoria A. Padgett, owner of Crump-Padgett Antique Gallery in Memphis. "A story would be involved with warriors, imperial life or the palace royal family." In the window of the shop is an oriental-patterned, acid-etched glass screen. "It's real popular because the glass can be put with other designs." Padgett has some half-size table top screens. There's one of hand- carved wood with an oriental theme of birds and leaves. One side is black lacquer; the other is gilded and adorned with shell and mother of pearl. "The Victorians were screen crazy. They loved to decoupage with old ads from magazines, pictures and Valentines, and then they would put a lacquer over it. They've become collectible," Padgett says. Palladio also has an English screen dating to the late 1800s. The crewel-on-silk panels display a colorful oriental scene of flowers, leaves and birds. Bamboo pieces form the base. How to hang To hang a large screen on the wall, MacDougall suggests placing it on a narrow ledge built out from the wall. Roberts suggests hanging screens with two brackets on the bottom and two at the top. "Hanging them with the brackets would keep from puncturing the screen in case you want to have it standing sometime." Reproductions of antique-style screens, as well as more modern versions, are available at national and regional home decor specialty stores, including Pottery Barn and Pier 1 Imports. Pottery Barn's Sona screen ($269) is made of natural pine and also comes in black lacquer. It is 35 inches wide and 69 inches tall, and it holds 15 photographs on the panels. At Pier 1 Imports, an embroidered screen ($200) is hand-crafted by artisans in India. The Provence Collection screen ($250), made in Chile, has a classic architectural style. Creative types are designing their own screens to complement specific rooms. "Screens are being made out of stained glass or antique doors," says Padgett. "It's more for the optical effect." 6147 'MTVUK ff!)i BOTDRD '• ROSSm.LS,KS (785) 584-6050 Sod Cut Fresh Upon Order Available For Pick Up or Delivery Commercial and Residential ' Early Southern furniture now appreciated ;*" When you think about fine, ear- ?,ly American, antique furniture, ••j chances are you skip over the ^.Southeast, and zero in on the ''Northeast coastline. Unfortunate- £ly until the last jtwo decades, fur- rftiture and decorative arts knowl- !;edge on early ^Southern cabi- ;netry was scant. " In fact, what lit; tie was known was •^dismissed by the •^'experts" as lack- Hng in quality. ^However, the ongoing exhibit, » :-sFurniture of the ^American South," at Colonial •; Williamsburg, Va., is changing all /that. :• The exhibit, curated by •Jonathan Prown, with Ronald L. Hurst, includes pieces made between 1680 and 1830. In the begin- "ning, the greatest influence on • style and design was British. It 'lasted in Virginia and the coastal t-colonies until the American Revo- ,*'lution. Much of the interpretation •depended on the creativity of the •cabinetmaker. Sometimes styles ANNE GILBERT were combined. One example in the exhibit is a tall clock, circa 1809, that is a combination of neoclassical and whimsey. It seems almost overem- bellished with fine carved or inlaid classical urns and eagles. Unexpected are the feet, scrolled like fiddle handles, and the shields with blooming flowers. It was made in the southern valley of Virginia. It fetched $224,000 when it was sold in 1996 at a Virginia auction. Not too surprising, considering it is a rare, documented piece. Rarity aside, even in their day such clocks were expensive. After 1830, when they were mass produced, the individuality of design was lost. There are several reasons it has been difficult to authenticate early Southern furniture. For instance, often craftsmen in the backcountry worked with painters, who brought their regional styles with them. A chest in the exhibit, with decoration attributed to painter Johannes Spitler, shows a German influence. It is possible that this type of work could be confused with Pennsylvania Dutch chests of the same period (1795-1807). Colonial Williamsburg This tall clock, circa 1809, is part of "Furniture of the American South," an exhibit at Colonial Williamsburg, Va. Tea time was as important in the 18th century South as in England. Several styles of tea tables evolved. Among the more elegant were those made in Charleston, List your group A complete list of support groups appears on the first Sunday of each month in the Life section. To list a support group in this section, submit the information in writing to the Life department, in ,.care of the Salina Journal, Box 740, ;: Salina KS 67402. GIVEAWAY Your Total News Source ^Salina Journal Comfort That Lasts A Lifetime! 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The British influence can cause confusion. Not only their formal styles were adapted by southern craftsmen. Ireland, Wales and Scotland's more stolid pieces are shown in the exhibit. Another clue to origin are the types of wood used. White pine was used for carving because it was easier to carve than the native yellow pine. It took the curators a decade to prepare the exhibition and catalog the 700 pieces in the collection. The exhibit is open through December 1998. A book by Ronald Hurst and associate curator Jonathan Prown, accompanies the exhibit: "Southern Furniture 1680-1830: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection." 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