Asian silk paintings

Jul 06, 2021. 17:59 UTC
Asian silk paintings
Kerry
United States of America

Category
Chinese antiques

Acquired from
Auction House

For sale
Yes
Description

Bought in an auction for $16 a piece n can’t find anything on them. Unable to translate the writing either.

Dimensions

Provenance

Unknown

Answered within 6 days
Jul 12, 20:10 UTC
By Leah I.

Fair Market Value

$50 - $100 USD

Suggested Asking Price

$75 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Kerry,

Thank you for contacting Mearto and I apologize for the delay. I have not been able to come up with any great leads on these pieces for you. Let me share with you what I have and also be aware that we offer refunds on our Terms of Use page if you feel the appraisal is not satisfactory.

First, the calligraphy on these types of paintings is always a poem or poetic description of the imagery. I was unable to completely read the calligraphy except for some characters: 西, 出, 君, 浣. I linked to some resources below on this. The seals on the paintings are unclear and would denote the artist’s name or benefactor. In the case of these works, these are prints of original painted images.

The process/medium of these works seems most similar to upholstery or tapestry printing. There are no signs of original painting or embroidery. I’m pretty sure the manufacturer used a digital printing process here.
I put links below to show you what I mean as far as print vs. embroidery.

As for valuation, I have included links to general prices for print tapestries, but was unable to find closer matches to these. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Resources:

Chinese characters lookup and draw:
https://www.mdbg.net/chinese/dictionary?page=radicals

Facebook has groups dedicated to Chinese calligraphy and sometimes you can find help reading cursive there.

Embroidery example, see stitches direction:
https://www.bradfordsauction.com/auction-lot/vtg-chinese-silk-embroidered-tapestry-textile-art_CD74750BC4

Print example:
https://society6.com/product/susanna-and-the-elders-16th-century-german-tapestry-print_tapestry

Prices:

2 prints on fabric for $100
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/92456240_pair-of-chinese-prints-on-fabric-framed-and-signed

$50, framed tapestry print
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/21349839_framed-tapestry-print-of-norman-life

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