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Folding Screen

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Folding Screen

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Charles Rohlfs Workshop, Charles Rohlfs

Date

1900

Medium

Oak with replaced leather hinges

Accession #

1981.1000.53

Dimensions

72 x 22 1/4 x 1/2 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 303

Description

Charles Rohlfs’s designs are highly inventive and unique in American furniture. His shop never employed more than eight assistants, which resulted in a small output of custom pieces. He exhibited at several international exhibitions: in Buffalo in 1901, Turin in 1902, and St. Louis in 1904. This screen is one of two four-panel screens Rohlfs made for his own house (the location of the matching screen is unknown). The five horizontal panels are filled with a continuous relief carving of a conventionalized plant. Although the original leather hinges are missing, the original square-head nails survive.

Credit

Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection