What's it Worth? Appraisal of Japanese Screen Print

japanese screen printCathy asks:

I obtained this painting from an elderly man that I was caring for. I don’t know any information on it and was hoping that you could help me identify the artist or anything regarding this painting. The photo does not show the brilliant colors : ( It is approx. 21 x 17 in the frame. It appears to be painted in very rich colors on a cloth type material. Maybe silk? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for you time,


AW says: Hello Cathy, thanks for your appraisal request. You have a Japanese silk screen print. These were produced by thousands of artists and when it’s not known who this artist is as is often the case, one would have to go by quality & color etc.

Because of the sharp vibrant quality of a silk screen print they are often mistaken for paintings.

Date range: 1940-80
(top price)Wholesale value: $50-$75
(The midrange price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)Quick sale value: $25
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.
Common terminology, nicknames, keywords: Silk screen,In most cases, I believe it would be beneficial for your to give the prospective buyer a link to this page, and to bookmark it via your favorite bookmarking service.
Care and storage tips: Never touch the surface of a silk print they can be very fragile.
Original oil paintings should never be matted under glass.

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