Antique and vintage dressing screens



2015-06-26 11:14:41

Antique and vintage dressing screens are collectible pieces of furniture, made from a range of different materials, including wood and silk.

Often highly decorative in nature, many of the most collectible items were produced in 18th and 19th century China.

Some of the most desirable Chinese dressing screens are made from silk and feature a number of painted scenes.

Antique or vintage?

Dressing screens produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.

“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

Notable sales of antique and vintage dressing screens

  • A 19th century Chinese or Korean eight-panel silk screen achieved $34,000 at AH Wilkens in Toronto, Canada in March 2010.

  • An 18th century Qing dynasty Chinese six-panel soapstone-inlaid hongmu screen sold for $1.4m at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in April 2008.

  • A 19th century three-part walnut dressing screen achieved $12,000 at a Great American Auction in February 2007.

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