Japanese lapidary art work

Apr 24, 2021. 19:12 UTC
Japanese lapidary art work
Barbara
United States of America

Category
Japanese art

Acquired from
Inherited

For sale
Yes
Description

4 12” wide x 30” high framed artwork depicting the 4 seasons using jade, coral, onyx and ivory lapidary pieces. The 4 seasons represent joy, longevity, prosperity and hope.

Provenance

My parents purchased them when they visited Japan in the 1979

Answered within 3 days
Apr 27, 10:04 UTC
By Leah I.

Fair Market Value

$100 - $200 USD

Insurance Value

$300 USD
What does this mean?

Thank you for contacting Mearto. This is a set of four lapidary panels from Japan. They appear to be 20th century. It is unlikely that jade or more expensive stone are used, but most often soapstone or perhaps nephrite jade. Ivory can be identified by the grain marks, and it is unlikely to have been used. These types of pieces are also commonly seen in Chinese art, but the Japanese use of negative space is apparent here.

Prices for this kind of art varies, based on different factors like intricacy, age, condition, and materials. I am adding links with similar pieces of different values, to give you an idea of the market. Based on comparisons, the Fair Market Value of your panels is between $100 and $200.

19th century, $2000
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/9503720_320-japanese-black-shell-inlaid-screen-late-19th-c-e

$3690, 2 panels
https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/fine-japanese-two-panel-shibayama-screen-signed-215-c-dcc4ada968

$225, 2 panels
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/89705591_japanese-shibayama-style-lacquer-and-carved-wood-two

*$25, 4 panels
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/6204268_401-four-20th-c-japanese-carvedand-inlay-stone-panels

$10, 4 panels
https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/four-japanese-lacquered-panels-with-stone-composi-171-c-37f4bbd907

*80 L, 4 panels
https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/four-japanese-wall-panels-decorated-in-relief-with-342-c-wob6je2g6i

Ivory grain:
https://www.realorrepro.com/article/Ivory-genuine-fake--confusing

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