A Fabulous c.1950s Vintage Decoupage 'Scrap' Three-Fold Screen


Origin: English
Period: Mid Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1940-60
Height: 69 inches
Depth: 0.5 inches (each leaf)
Width: 48 inches (the whole)

In the Victorian taste, the decoupage three fold double hinged screen having shaped arched tops, one side with an ebony ground, the other in pea green, the whole profusely decorated with a multitude of images depicting fashion to wildlife and botany to high society.

The screen is in superb condition considering the rather fragile nature and there are only one or two images that have any peel. The whole is in sturdy order and does not endure a rickety nature that some screens suffer from.

Decoupage, from the French ‘to cut’, can trace its roots to the twelfth century in China and Siberia, where Nomadic tribes cut out felts that they used to decorate or honour the tombs of the dead. Decoupage screens Decoupage became even more popular during the nineteenth century with women who considered themselves fashionable used cut-outs to dress up screens and furniture with unique designs. The craft was especially popular with England's upper and growing middle classes. During the twentieth century, people would decoupage everything from their purses to their dressers and this screen would have been part of that resurgence.

In super condition, this attractive screen adds an awful amount of fun to dull corners, empty landings or bohemian boudoirs.