Hi, my name is*****'m a certified appraiser, and I'd be happy to help.
Do you know the artist's name for this silkscreen?
Where did you purchase it, and for how much?
Who provided the value?
Just as an FYI, appraised value is based on willing buyer/willing seller. That is, if the seller was willing to take $18,500.00, then the value is $18,500.00. Dealers love to "appraise" items for far more than people paid for them, but that's both dishonest and technically illegal. Still happens every day, sadly.
This is not a silkscreen. It's a rubbing. A piece of rice paper is placed against a temple carving, and colors are rubbed against it. Please search Thai temple horse rubbing, and you'll see what I mean.
Unfortunately, these are of very low value--only a few hundred dollars. This also appears to be 20th, not 19th, century.
Because of this big discrepancy, I understand you will want a second opinion. I"m going to opt out and see if any of the other appraisers wish to weigh in. But I do see these very frequently.
I concur with Jen here that this is a 20th century Temple Rubbing, not a screen and that the high sale value is in the range of a few hundred dollars.
I sincerely ***** ***** any disappointment.
This rubbing was definitely done with a bit more finesse and additional colors. These would never match each other--the people doing them would use different chalks, and arrange the rubbed images in different patterns.
The number of colors and finesse of the rubbing would affect the value slightly, but not by more than $100 or so, simply because they are so easily and commonly "created," or rather hand-reproduced from the temple carvings.
I should add that the most basic rubbings sell for $10 or $15.
Hello, my name is***** am one of the experts here at justanswer. I have seen one as yours that truly was original. The first step to do is to contact the University of Arizona and find out about the carbon dating system. Have them perform the test to determine the age of the piece. From there I can give you an accurate value on the piece. These were done in the 1700s and 1800s and have been known to have survived being handed down through families. At some point they do get out on the market and bought. Without scientific proof of age and type of coloring used it is hard to present something without proof. Like the ladies above have stated they are a few hundred dollars however there are real ones and you just have to have the paper work to prove it first then value from there. The men you bought it from should have had this test done to sell it to you at the price they did. I am hopeful they were true to you and wish you the best. But do contact the University of Arizona as they are the only ones in the states that perform the testing needed that I know of. After that once age is proven we can go from there on value. It is a beautiful piece. And, yes do keep it out of direct sunlight.
This is true researching items as I do with anceint jade is fascinating and fun. My father collected these early rubbings and I know a lot abouf them I will review more on yours to determine cerfain signs for what else ro look for. It is so hard to trust people at times but there should have been testing and research given at time of sell to clearly let the buyer k.ow what he had bought. i will post more over the next day or so for your own knowledge.