Published Sep 30 2013, by

Screen with Beauties Four Seasons

These panels originally fit into a tall wooden four-panel screen. The panels illustrate court ladies in scenes of the four seasons represented in relief. The four seasons are a dominant pattern throughout the art of China, Korea, and Japan. Each season has its tree, its flower, its literary names and amusements.  Reportedly, the raw jade for these screens was presented to the Chinese throne by Russian tsars in the late 18th century.  It was then carved and later placed in the Summer Palace collection.