Hey. Quick question. (How many forty-minute phone calls begin this way?) I have an empty and awkward corner in my living room (we try not to discuss it in front of her, poor dear) where I’d like to have a Chinese screen. Except. Well, except that I tend to like the backs of Chinese screens better than the fronts. That’s the wrong side, right? Or were both sides displayed and those of us who have a quieter bent can just stand where there’s less show? The screen pictured above seems perfect (even outside of the eight-paneled 1840-ness of it.) Would you guess that that is the back? And, can I just appreciate it like a Pilates-toned matron? Or do I need to come to grips with the face-to-face?
Image, House and Garden, April 2003, design, Maxine Harrison; photography, Melanie Acevedo.