20th Century Cloisonné Picture
Appraised Value: $25,000
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Appraisal Video: (1:53)
Lark Mason & Associates
GUEST: This was my grandmother's. I call it a picture. I don't know if it really is a picture. When my grandmother passed away, my dad had it in his house. My dad passed away recently, and I inherited it from him.
APPRAISER: You commented about the frame. You don't like the frame, do you? What do you think of the frame?
GUEST: I always thought it was kind of gaudy.
GUEST: But the picture's beautiful.
APPRAISER: It's what we call a floor screen. It's not meant to be hung up on a wall, it was meant to go on the floor, which was about two-and-a-half feet, three feet high, which was designed to protect against wind blowing against candles. The frame would have been carved wood, and it's actually sitting on a trestle base. Now, this whole idea, this shape, this form, developed in the late Ming Dynasty, but it really reached its apogee in the 18th century under the reign of the emperor Chien-lung. He loved this kind of a naturalistic view. This one is undoubtedly 20th century, and I say that because there's a gradation in color that is just amazing. Beautiful different tones that are there. But it's the kind of colors you didn't see in the 18th century, and the cloisonné itself wasn't pitted, which is what you'd see in 18th-century cloisonné. But it's the kind of quality that indicates that this was done by master craftsmen, probably in the 1930s in China by people who had trained under the old imperial system, which ended in 1911. It's the finest quality kind of workmanship that one can see in the 20th century. The market for this is booming. I would say that you want to have at least a $25,000 retail replacement value on it.
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