Vintage Trompe L'Oeil Screen in Neoclassical Style
This extraordinary room divider, constructed and painted by George Wesley Williams, was commissioned by the family of our client and completed in 1955. It is constructed from solid wood with stretched canvas believed to be decorated in acrylic and/or casein paint. It measures 85.5" high and frame measures 1" thick. Side panels measure 17" wide and center panel measures 21" wide. The screen was designed for use in a bedroom where it was used to conceal a television. It features an concealed door which swings outward to reveal an opening measuring 18" wide and 16" high. Base of opening is 40.75" high. Beneath the door is a painted mesh panel which allowed the sound from the television or stereo to project. This screen has been treated carefully since 1955 and is in excellent condition. There are no rips or repairs to the canvas and the frame is structurally sound. Painted image is remarkably clean. This item resides in Norwalk CT 06854 and may be seen by appointment.
Williams was born in Portland Oregon where he began painting and exhibiting at an early age. He served in the Navy in WWII and thereafter attended the School of Fine Arts at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Immediately thereafter he moved to New York City where he maintained a studio for many years. He became known for his talent for trompe l'oeil and completed numerous mural commissions for clients from Massachusetts to Florida. His first one-man show took place in Hookset New Hampshire and went on to exhibit at numerous galleries in and around New York city. He exhibited with the Audubon Artists and with the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic. Additional images gladly forwarded upon request ( neoclassical classical )