This lacquered wood screen is composed of several horizontal rows of panels joined by thin vertical metal rods. It functions not only as a movable wall that demarcates space but also as a sculpture composed of solids and voids. Gray, one of the leading designers working in Paris after World War I, popularized and perfected the art of lacquered furnishings. Her preference for the meticulous finish of lacquer reveals the contemporary taste for materials used in Japanese decorative arts.
Gallery label from Designing Modern Women 1890–1990, October 5, 2013–October 1, 2014.