Antique gold thread set of 3 framed embroidered peacock pictures

Jan 15, 2020. 15:42 UTC
Antique Gold Thread set of 3 framed embroidered peacock pictures
United States of America

Japanese art

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GOLD THREAD, original bamboo frames, belonged to my grandparents (maybe even great grandparents). At least 50 years old, likely much older. Each framed piece is approximately 2' x 4 '.



$3,000 - $5,000 (United States Dollar)
Answered within 3 days
Jan 18, 19:32 UTC
By Delia

Good afternoon, Sharon,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
These are Meiji period (late 19th/early 20th century) silk on silk embroidered panels.
Based on the photographs and information provided, and subject to examination, these are:

A set of Japanese Meiji period silk and metallic thread on silk needlework pictures
Late 19th or early 20th Century
profusely embroidered with peacocks and cranes
each panel 48 by 24 inches, with bamboo frames
PROVENANCE: belonged to client's grandparents or great-grandparents
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

Please let us know if you have additional items to appraise, and thank you for using Mearto.

Sharon weinberg Jan 18, 22:49 UTC

Thank you very much. The faily story is that these were embroidered with actual gold thread. As in, real gold. Was that even done or possible?

Delia Jan 19, 00:23 UTC

Hi Sharon,
I did notice a shiny aspect to the embroidery - I thought that had to do with the flash. Gold threads would have been used ONLY for imperial use and the panels would have been quite a bit more elaborate so, while "YES" it was used, I do not think the threads are made of gold. "Metallic" thread was sometimes used for these in the Meiji period - usually copper which sometimes has a yellow "gold" quality to it...I am happy to add that to the description. It does not change the value.

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