I inherited these 3 Asian paintings. I’m unsure if they’re watercolors. Doesnt look like it’s on fabric- looks like paper. Have no idea what the writing says- what the stamps mean. I know they were framed in CT in the 1980’s. What is this style of art called? Is the stamp a signature and if so who’s signature? Any value to this set?
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Considering the photos, this item is:
A mid 20th century (probably 1960 - 1980s) watercolor on paper (probably mulberry or pith paper) set of paintings. Very good condition and are framed. These types of Chinese panels with iconic bird scenes and striking backgrounds surrounded by flowers and nature depict good fortune and protection symbols. Birds are particularly depicting as a pair or in groups as it provides good luck. The motifs in this set are recurrent motifs in the 20th century Chinese art.
This type of picture were produced for Western traders and travellers to China who wanted return home with an example of Oriental culture. They were often presented in silk albums so they could be easily transported over long distances.
According to the signature and iconography, these types of paintings were usually attributed to Utamaro with poems that were selected and introduced by a preface written by the poet and scholar Yadoya no Meshimori (Rokujuen; 1753–1830), who later became head of the influential Go-gawa poetry group. However, there are a fair amount of lithographs signed that imitates artist's signature, and without any other document or proof, it is not certain.
$ 200 - 300
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