Asian cranes

Oct 29, 2018. 20:32 UTC
Asian Cranes
United States of America

Asian art

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22x60, paint on fabric or scroll


Got from estate sale

$500 - $800 (United States Dollar)
Answered within about 2 hours
Oct 29, 22:32 UTC
By Grace Harlow

The appraised work is likely a 20th century Japanese hand painted silk scroll, possibly executed in the late Meiji period (1868-1912) or during the Taishō period (1912-1926). The scroll depicts two black and white cranes wading in shallow water with pine branches visible along the right edge behind the birds. Cranes are a frequent subject within Asian and specifically Japanese art. They often symbolize longevity and monogamy, and are often depicted on wedding kimonos or on scrolls given as wedding gifts. The estimate provided is based on comparable examples recently offered and sold at auction. In many cases, pricing for similar examples available on the primary (retail) market vary and are often higher than secondary (auction) market examples.

Wendy roberts Oct 29, 23:11 UTC

Thank you. Is there any way to identify the artist?

Grace harlow Oct 29, 23:24 UTC

Dear Wendy,
Happy to help! Regarding artist identification, this can sometimes be difficult. Works similar to yours were widely produced and exported, so it may have been executed by a specific artist or workshop. The red seal and small inscription could indicate an artist (signature), place, workshop etc. Artists tended to have poor penmanship and sometimes markings are illegible, even to native Japanese speakers. I would suggest trying to find a dealer, gallery or museum who frequently works with Japanese art in your area. Alternatively, James Lord Bowes’ book, Japanese Marks and Seals, may also be helpful, and I believe you can find the entire text online. I hope this helps, and please let me know if you have any additional questions.


Wendy roberts Oct 29, 23:26 UTC

Terrific, thank you for the great info and suggestions.

Grace harlow Oct 29, 23:31 UTC

You're very welcome!

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