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Posted 9 months ago


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Rescued from a tip over 25 years ago, my boy friend at the time and i found 2 of theses (there's a link to the other one below).
Recently reunited after all this time, both are in pretty bad condition.
I took mine to a free antique appraisal & was told they're Japanese, in original frames and date to Victorian or early last century period, which wasn't any more info than I'd guessed at already really, but, he did say he'd seen one before, which I've not been able to do:(
They're about 3ft long, wooden backed, glass in front & very heavy!
I'd love to know if this kind of artwork has a name.
Or anything about the signature?
I've spent hours online searching for similar but come up blank.
It would be nice to know anything more about them after all these years.

Thank you

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  1. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 8 months ago
    Thanks for the love everyone, the other of the two can be seen here,
  2. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 8 months ago
    Can no one help ID this?:(
    This ones proving impossible to trace or to find out any more about, other than that its Japanese & approx age.
    I wonder, does anyone have a useful link where i could carry on research?
  3. jwendell222, 5 months ago
    The best place to try this is Asian Arts Forum:
    Your pictures are too large to post. Full pic in frame is 269 KB, the signature and seal is 371. I downloaded the signature and trimmed it to the absolute minimum, still 120. They require a maximum of 99 KB, anything larger won't post. If you set your camera at lowest resolution, with editing, you should be able to fit. But you need to get as close to 99 as possible so your pics aren't too small. The forum let you preview, so you know what you're posting. Good luck, Jim
  4. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 months ago
    Thank Jim. I might have tried that one, there was a site i tried but by the time I'd got the photo small enough it was all blurry. But I'll try it again. Thanks for the link and advise:)
  5. shrine shrine, 4 months ago
    Sorry Fran, I am not familiar with this kind of arts.
    It's undoubtedly beautiful.
  6. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 4 months ago
    Thats ok shrine. Thanks for taking a look. No one else has been able to tell me anything either, even The Antiques Roadshow 'expert', except that he thought they dated to around 1910. Maybe only this one artist did work like this & it doesn't have a name. They'll have to remain a mystery, for now:)

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