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Folding Screen

Spanish, Late Baroque
18th century
190.5 cm x 218.44 cm x 3.81 cm (75 in. x 86 in. x 1 1/2 in.)
polychromed and parcelgilt leather on wood

Not on view


The Spanish were famous for making polychromed and parcel-gilt leather (cuir de Cordoue or Cordoban leather) that was used for wall coverings, folding screens, and even furniture upholstery during the seventeenth to nineteenth century period. The technique involved shaping panels of wet leather over carved wooden molds to emboss the design (often copied from contemporary silk damasks), then coloring and gilding parts of the leather.

J. Carder

Exhibition History
"Seldom Seen," Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2014.

House Collection