Of rectangular shape, one side carved with a mythical beast gazing at the moon within a recessed panel, framed by a band of flowers, below the beast a section with a horse, the reverse freely incised with lotus in a pond, all supported on bracketed sides and feet. Height 23 cm. Length 21 cm.
Crazing, firing flaws.
From the Collection of Art Director Ivar Björnberg (1934-2021). Growing up at Östermalm, Stockholm Ivar visited gallery viewings, auction viewings and antique shops with his parents and alone. It was during his visits to the antique dealers of Stockholm he became friends with the dealer Victoria Lindström, Grev Turegatan 28, Stockholm (she later moved her gallery to Riddargatan). He started to work extra at the gallery and had her as a mentor when starting his own collection. The collection is a academic one and it shows Mr Björnbergs taste and great passion for the aesthetics of Chinese Works of Art.
Another screen with a xiniu gazing at the moon on one side but with incised flowers on the other is illustrated in Green-Longquan Celadon of the Ming Dynasty, National Palace Museum, Taipei, no. 113.
Compare a screen sold at Sotheby's, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 16 Sept, 2014.