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Foldable screens have a long history in China

By Li Wenfang in Guangzhou | | Updated: 2019-04-19 20:03
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A folding screen made in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and collected by Guangdong Museum. Measuring 2.155 meters in height and 4.48 meters in width, the black lacquer screen has a wooden structure with gold-traced painting. [Photo provided to]

While businesspeople from home and abroad trade electronic products and machinery at the ongoing China Import and Export Fair in Guangzhou, they may not realize that Chinese folding screens made their way to Europe as early as in the 17th century.

The screens have been popular in Europe ever since, considered artifacts of oriental culture and used as partitioning devices, according to Guangzhou Daily reports.

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