Chigiri from 1970's purchased in tokyo

Dec 18, 2017. 18:27 UTC
Chigiri from 1970's purchased in Tokyo
United States of America

Asian art

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It is done on rice paper and is approximately 14 x 28" inside frame.


This is a wall hanging I inherited from a dear friend who purchased it in Tokyo is 1070. I attempted to sell it in 1990 to a Japanese Art Dealer in Dallas, TX in 1990. He advised me to keep it, and advised me that in 20-30 years it would be worth approximately $2500 each. This is one of two. He said it was the most intricately done of its kind he had ever seen.

$30 - $60 (United States Dollar)
Answered within 32 minutes
Dec 18, 18:59 UTC
By Nora Curl

This is actually a Kiri-e or Kirigami piece which is Japanese ‘cut paper’. Chigiri-e is different in that it uses color wash paper which is torn and re-assembled to look like a watercolor painting. Your kirigami cut paper work is made to resemble silhouettes and uses Tesuki wash paper which originated in China. A dealer would be remiss to predict any possible future values, as there is no knowing the future value of an item. Values are based on current market and collector buying trends and a number of factors impact value, including economic climate. There is not an equal and tangential rise in value that is concurrent with the passage of time. Neither Chigiri-e nor Kirigami pieces achieve sales of $2500 at auction on today’s market nor did they prior. The estimate is based on actual recent past auction sales on today’s market.

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