Eight-panel folding screen; ink and pigment on silk
Painting: 105.8 x 32.6 cm (41 5/8 x 12 13/16 in.); Overall framed: 180.2 x 368.4 cm (70 15/16 x 145 1/16 in.)
Gift of The Honorable Joseph P. Carroll, KM, and Roberta Carroll, M.D. 2022.59
This early 20th-century folding screen has both sides painted with the image of bloomed peonies.
By the late nineteenth century, peony paintings with bold designs and striking graphic stylization were increasingly produced and consumed by middle-class members because of its symbolic meaning: prosperity and wealth. This early 20th-century folding screen of peonies may have used for festive occasions such as weddings.
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