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Second opinion] I have an antique two panel Japanese screen made out of teak or ebony. The pattern on the screen have birds, branches and flowers made out of ivory and some kind of shell. It is signed but it�s in Japanese. The other side of screen is painted. How can I find out the value of it? The appraisal I have from 1973 valued it at $1340. My mother passed away at 95 and her grandmother brought it back from somewhere and my mom got it when her mother died.

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I don�t know really what to ask? Maybe who the artist is that signed it. I can send pictures, if you want.

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Hi. My name is ***** ***** I'll be glad to help.

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Do you have any photos you can send?

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thanks,

Diana

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Let me know you got them.
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Hi. I did. Thank you. If you'll give some time to look them over, I'll see what I can put together for you.

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Thank you.

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Hi. I hate to ask for more pictures, but do you have one of the whole screen, not just closeups?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I will do my best. There is one I thought I sent but didn’t turn out too good. Give me a few minutes.

It doesn't have to be perfect. I was just curious as to the overall framing style and look of it. I'm sure anything you take will be fine. =)

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Nope. That's perfect. I just wanted to see what kind of frame/shape style the panels were in. That's great. Thank you.

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Hi. Thank you again for all the pictures. I really appreciate it.

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What you have is a 2 panel Japanese folding lacquered wood screen with inlaid bone and ivory. The inlay art is known as Shibayama. Your screen looks to date to the Meiji period circa 1890/1900. It features an inlaid design of birds on the trailing branches of a flowering cherry tree. It's framed in a red lacquered ground border with cherry blossom flowers. One panels does have a carved seal mark that is the artist's mark, but I haven't been able to match that to a specific artist.

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The panels sit above a carved panel featuring a reticulated flying bird and floral design and an interesting geometric diamond design.

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The reverse side feature a continuous painted scene of birds in a flowering cherry tree along what looks like rose mallows (hibiscus) and what looks like maybe cosmos flowers along a sort of stream on a red/orange lacquered ground.

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The wood is a little hard to ID since I can't inspect it, but it's most likely a painted hardwood, like teak. The screen still looks like it has the original casters, which is fantastic.

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Here's a few slightly similar ones:

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https://imgur.com/a/VyeBo

https://imgur.com/a/wQEGg

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Given the condition, it should be worth about $1600 to $2100 at auction (including ebay) and about $2500 to $3000 in a private sale. It will have an insurance value of $3750.

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The price really depends on how quick you want to make a sale and where you want to try and sell it. If you can get a collector, they will pay almost full value for it, but that means waiting on a sale. Shipping can be quite expensive because of the weight and I know a lot of buyers aren't necessarily willing to pay full value of something and then pay a ton for shipping too. So, in many cases you would have to factor shipping cost into what you might be able to sell it for.

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While I'm not a huge fan, there is always craigslist. Your town might even have a facebook page dedicated to selling items (like an online garage sale). Some buyers have even started using apps or sites like LetGo or Varagesale, though I think the values aren't quite as high as you can get elsewhere. The only downside to these is you always run a risk of meeting someone that may be dangerous. If you go that route, never have them come to your house. Always meet someplace very public and never go alone. I don't generally recommend any of those options because I would hate for something to happen to you. One generally safe option is meeting up at a local police station. A lot of towns allow sellers to use their parking lots as meeting places

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I would try an auction as a last resort for something like this because they are really dependent upon who is the audience. Large items tend to go either way. If you do check with an auction house, ask about setting a reserve price. That way you'll have some control over the final price.
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If you consider Ebay, consider a reserve and check into alternate shipping options, like freight, greyhound, uship, cratesandfreighters, etc. or you can list it as a pickup only. If you consider doing a pickup only, you can also list it with online antique shops like Rubylane, Charish, or GoAntiques.
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That should give you quite a few options, but if you need anything else, don't hesitate to ask.
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Have a great night.
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~Diana

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