Venice, Florida:: Stephen Sidelinger,, 2016.. One-of-a-Kind. Box: 10 x 15.75 x 5.5"; cloth-covered; paper title label on lid; clamshell with three drop sides on base. Triptych "Pictorial Plan of the Summer Palace": 15 x 9.25" closed, opens to 30"; cloth-covered; title label on front panel. Customer chest: 15 x 9.4 x 4.75" closed; cloth-covered; removable lid; sectioned base of 30 slots. Cloth-covered trifold fits in each slot. Each trifold: 3.4 x 8.5" closed; cloth-covered with paper title label; .4 x .5" metal closure slips on at fore-edges. Paper-cut screen laid in each trifold. Each screen: 4 panel accordion fold. Screen processes: paper cutting; pen and ink drawing; hand coloring; pop-outs. Stephen Sidelinger: "The Summer Palace (Yi He Yuan in Chinese) was first built in 1764 by Emperor Qianlong. The Palace and Gardens were burned by the British and French forces in 1860. The Empress Dowager Cixi restored the Palace in 1886. The Hall of Dispelling Clouds is part of the Longevity Hill complex. (Dispelling means drive off, disperse, dissipate, or cause to vanish.) "The Hall of Dispelling Clouds is 800 square meters or 8611 square feet. It took a total of 275,724 man-days to complete the full restoration of the hall's decorative interiors.You can see the screen designs in the palace online at CCTV (China Central Television) The Summer Palace - Part 3, "Unique Architectural Skills." Thanks to C.A.S. Williams' great book Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs - Tuttle Publishing. "The large space of the interior of the Hall of Dispelling Clouds was divided up by 29 partition lattice screens, of 5 kinds: Screen Cupboards; Railing Covers; Octagonal Covers; Kane Covers; Treasure Box Covers. "Each of the 29 lattice screens partition covers had a different design. It was this beautiful concept of the extreme mixed variety of designs that caught my attention and led to the design of this book. So there is no order to the screens in this collection. "Open each folded screen page, and look at it like a book. Then stand it up, with light behind it, and see it as a partition lattice screen wall. "The Empress Dowager Cixi, used the Hall of Dispelling Clouds only once a year, for her birthday.
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