screen; panel (art)

Folding screen panel with a dark wooden frame and decorative procelain tiles inset. The panel stands on two feet, and has a scrolled porcelain apron decorated with dragon scrolls in underglaze blue. Three tiles have underglaze blue decoration of bat (fu) and musical stone chime (qing), which form a pun for happiness and celebration, flanked by two lotus blossom. Alternated between these blue and white tiles are two larger tiles with overglaze polychrome enamel decoration. The upper tile depicts a young official presenting a bowl of peaches to two senior officials, one of whom is seated and fanned by a female attendant, with a poem inscribed above. The lower tile depicts Zhong Liquan, one of the Eight Daoist Immortals, sitting by a vase and underneath a tree in a terraced garden. He is grasping his emblem, a fan.

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