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These scrolls show the Japanese and Chinese artists immense skill with painting of flowers and will give a light feeling to a room. In some cases the flowers will represent Spring or  Summer but rarely will you use a flower scroll in the winter unless you want to remind yourself of warmer days.
In that case a riot of flowers will be the very thing to cheer your winter blues away.

The magnificent antique hand painted works of art show the Japanese style of painting at its very best. Some of these scrolls are very old and I have spent many years researching and locating the very best in genuine Antique Scrolls. In a few cases I have had scroll mounts restored  on the scrolls where these have deteriorated, However the restoration has been done by professional Scroll restorers and the original paintings have not been altered in any way

Flowers, Flowers, Orchids, Iris, Chrysanthemums, Ume-Apricot, Sakura-Cherry

 

 
 

 

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Young  Pine, Sakura Blossom and Narcissus, Spring Scroll with box £190

The three heralds of Spring.
This is a late 19th century Japanese painting
on Paper that has recently been fully restored
with new silk mounts and silk covered box.

16.5x 72 inches / 42x 183cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narcisus with Ume, A spring scene. A scroll in beautiful condition with a box £160

 

Suzume To Sakura -Sparrow and
Cherry 1900 70.4x22.1

 



 

SEIDO lantern:
Tomisawa Seido
 
1854-1930
 
Born in Ibraragi prefecture as a family of Shinto priests. In 1875 Seido is adopted under the Tomisawa family in Tokushima and learns tea from a Buddhist priest in Annonji knownas Wakei-an. Seido learns painting from Watanabe Shoka and in 1884 after his tea master's death he becomes the second head of Wakei-an. Seido was related by blood with the Katori shrine and was requested to paint a phoenix for the hall when the Emperor visits the shrine. In addition he helped the local shrine in Tokushima (Oosugi shrine) to become social active and produced events and developed a collection of records for the shrine and in Tokushima, he left his son to take over the Tomisawa family business and became the head post master for Tokushima Post Office.

This is an important work. The cost is £275 includes box which is covered in an antique Kimono silk in a Cherry Blossom Pattern

 



 

 

KIKU Chrysanthemum Hankyu/ Hanko 1950.56x22 with Box £175

The reference I have is of Okada Hanko. (Okada, Shuku-azana: Shiu;go:Hanko, 1782-1846) Okada Beisanjin's son born in Osaka. Like his father he worked for the large Todo Family of Rice Merchants. He also painted in the Bunjinga (Nanga-literati) style but he had a wide range of talents and subjects that he painted.

 

Wako KIKU  Tall Chrysanthemum.77x24

Miyake Wako

Born in 1939 (14th year of Showa) in Gifu Prefecture. The artist learned painting from his father who was also a professional Japanese painter. The artist was known to have done kacho-ga (bird and flower), landscapes, and images of people. However regardless of what Wako painted they all received high remarks.Wako was also a former member of the Bokujinkai although by the time he painted this he was by now independent. 

This is a very detailed view on an elegant background of Japans national flower. The detail in the flower is outstanding. This is a true example of excellence in Japanese Art.

Poem written by the artist

Kôun, Yamada 耕雲 山田 (1907 - 1989) A lovely scroll painted in the kachō-ga., flowers and birds study style With antique Kimono silk covered box £190

 

Painted by the well respected Chinese artist KOUN. Pair of birds on Kiku Chrysanthemums in 1970. 69.2x24.7 inches With Box £190

About this style of painting:

When I was around 12, some 50 years ago, my father sold furniture to most of the stores across Scotland. It was he who introduced me  to Chinese Painting as he frequently imported lovely silk framed paintings which he also sold to some of his furniture buyers for display in their stores and of course would be bought by their customers. I remembered that he liked his kind of painting and these were, indeed, the most popular. I learned Chinese Painting from a visiting artist who came to a large department store group in the UK during the 1960's and I was working for that group. The artists taught me the basics of Chinese style painting from the Nanjing Area and I tried to keep my sense of colour in that manner when painting birds or animals, trees or landscapes.  in the oriental style.

Over the years I came to the conclusion that I was better buying other painters work as these were invariably better than some of my own daubing.. However, it did give me a deep sense of understanding and my journey into Japanese art came after my introduction to Chinese Art. As a sideline I also studied the Chinese Opera makeup in mainly the Canton and Peking operas. I also studied for a short time with the official Peking Opera (Now Beijing Opera) when they came to London. Albeit I was amongst a number of makeup artists who were interested in this unique Chinese Form. I subsequently  lectured at many events on the history of Chinese Opera and taught many other make up artists the various forms from the five regions of China and went on to study Noh Drama make up after this.  That took me to being a professional makeup artist for a number of years and authoring a best selling book on the subject.  CC.

 

Bird on Kiku-Crysanthemum 1900 72.9x23.8 £195 Painted by Daiu

A very lovely scroll completely remounted with its own box

 


Shobu White Iris  22x80.2 with box £195

Oodake Kokkan (Signed and sealed with name: Kokkan)

Odake Kokkan 1880-1945. Younger brother of Odake Chikuha, Kokkan was trained by the Meiji artist Kobori Tomoto. Kokkan in 1909 won second prize for a piece he submitted for the Bunten exhibition. Kokkan is known for his illustrations for magazines, illustrated books, and scenes from Japanese history.

 

 

Keibun Matsumura (1779 - 1843) including box £210

Keibun Matsumura (1779 - 1843) Born in Kyoto.His given name is
Naoharu, another pen name is Kakei.
Studied the Shijo-ha style painting under his older brother the great
Goshun. Good at painting Flowers & Birds pictures.
Succeeded to his brother and led the prosperity of the Shijo style painting school.

 

A stunningly beautiful scroll suitable for Bonsai Display.
Wild Duck & Iris 54x27 138x67.4 with Box £175

 


Iris in Spring 71.5cm x136.6cm 28.1x53.7 A truly lovely painting. With box £190

Grasshopper and fruit bowl Scroll
70.5x133.5cm- 27.7x52.5Ins

 

 

 

 
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Azalea Tsutsuji A lovely painting of an Azalea flower in late Spring against the corner of a wall. The Lace Bug is beautifully painted as well. This is being mounted onto a new scroll in shades of pale to mid green. Comes with a new Antique silk covered box £180

Poem: When it is sunny, the colour is very beautiful, but after frost, the colour is even brighter.
(Wei-top seal)
The artist is Xu Feng(1900-1988), he was from Hai Yu ( In Pinyin -Romanised Chinese Mandarin, I believe this to be Zhuhai Imperial Hotsprings is also known now as YueWenQuan -Yue in mandarin translates to imperial and wenquan means hot spring. The locals would know this place as YueWenQuan, so in Chinese -御温泉). The seal under the signature is Hai Yu.

Painted around 1970 this is an exceptional quality Chinese painting of Peonies and Plum blossom, the flowers of Spring

Size: 60.3cmx180.5cm / 23.7x71 inches. Including a vintage silk covered box £295

 

 

Chickkei- Orchid on rocks- a gorgeous painting: 53.5cm x 207cm / 21" x 81.4" With box £190

 

Chinese Birds and Flowers 59.5cm x 179.5cm / 23.4" x 70.6" .
The colours on this silk painting are quite beautiful.
With box £190

 


Koyo-Narcissus 54x28. I love this painting. Delicately and very beautifully painted.
With box this is £195


Taki no Ume-Waterfall-through Plum Blossom painted by Kyokuko 72x21 With box £190

Shunpo Peony & Butterfly-75x24-190.5x95.7 with box £275
Abe Shunpo (1877-1956) was born in Fukuoka. He moved to Osaka at the age of 16 to begin training under the tutelage of Fukada Chokujo.
At 19 he moved to Kyoto to study under Kikuchi Hobun. He went on to exhibit with the Nitten/Teiten on countless occasions, eventually becoming a judge of the prestigious organization. His work is held in the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

 


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Bird on Sakura -Cherry Branch A spring Scroll with box £180

 


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Peonies and Camellias -Spring scroll £195

 

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Dragonfly and Chrysanthemum Summer Scroll £210

 

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Grasshopper and flowers. Summer Scroll £195

 

White Iris-Shobu Recently restored

Shobu . Oodake Kokkan (Signed and sealed with name: Kokkan)

Odake Kokkan 1880-1945. Younger brother of Odake Chikuha, Kokkan was trained by the Meiji artist Kobori Tomoto. Kokkan in 1909 won second prize for a piece he submitted for the Bunten exhibition. Kokkan is known for his illustrations for magazines, illustrated books, and scenes from Japanese history.

 

Blue Tit and Wild Rose

Kobayashi Ritsudo (1903-1974)Original name: 小林 立堂 -  小林 良曹, コバヤシリョウソウ
He was born in Tokyo and learned under Kawasaki Shoko. A very competent painter with an eye for a very delicate image

Kawasaki Shoko (1886-1977) was a Nihonga painter from Gifu, who learned Yamatoe and fed it back to his paintings in his initial career, but gradually began to seek for his original style, like taking in a subject specific to oil painting. His teac hing of Kobayashi illustrates this as the style of his students work is almost like an oil painting.

£210 Including a specially made antique kimono silk covered box.

 

Haiga read: Autumn Fruits 'Sow well and you will eat well.

A popular analogy for good planning of course.
Recently restored and remounted with new silks and box.

£175 including the beautiful Antique Silk covered Box

 

Ume -Apricot branch in Vase with Garlic, quince and fungi.
This is an  Ikebana display with a difference.

Title and Haigam reads: May all things go your way. Painted in early autumn of 1937. 
Artist:  Taigen Koji
( signature: depending on the reading can be Nobuyoshi, Nobutada,
or other series of name combinations including one of his pen names, Etsuji)
Artists Box says 'painted by Etsuji Sanjin himself'

 

Blue Tit and Peony. Fully restored with new silk mounts,.

Kobayashi Ritsudo (1903-1974)Original name: 小林 立堂 -  小林 良曹, コバヤシリョウソウ
He was born in Tokyo and learned under Kawasaki Shoko. A very competent painter with an eye for a very delicate image
Kawasaki Shoko (1886-1977) was a Nihonga painter from Gifu, who learned Yamatoe and fed it back to his paintings in his initial career, but gradually began to seek for his original style, like taking in a subject specific to oil painting. His teaching of Kobayashi illustrates this as the style of his students work is almost like an oil painting.

£210 Including a specially made antique kimono silk covered box.

Scroll before the mounts were restored

 

Kusamono Scroll 46x22 A very rare scroll with a Waka Poem. Used for display with a Bonsai, or a floral vase.
£165 includes box

Kusamono (literally "grass thing") and shitakusa (literally "undergrass") are a potted collection of plants designed to either be viewed in accompaniment with a bonsai or alone. Normally the term kusamono is used when the planting is displayed as the centre of attention, while the term shitakusa is used for plantings that accompany bonsai displays. In contrast to under plantings (which are potted in with the bonsai), kusamono and shitakusa are displayed separately in special pots, driftwood, or even stones.

Plants used are typically moss, grass, lichen, small flowers, bamboo, or bulbs, that may heighten the beauty or reflect a certain season. While traditionally in Japan, plants gathered from mountains contributed to the bulk of companion plantings, modern use has extended to more creative and artistic design.

Waka (和歌 literally "Japanese poem") or Yamato uta is a genre of classical Japanese verse and one of the major genres of Japanese literature. The term was coined during the Heian period, and was used to distinguish Japanese-language poetry from kanshi (poetry written in Chinese by Japanese poets), and later from renga.

The term waka originally encompassed a number of differing forms, principally tanka (短歌, "short poem") and chōka (長歌, "long poem"), but also including bussokusekika, sedōka (旋頭歌, "whirling head poem") and katauta (片歌, "poem fragment"). These last three forms, however, fell into disuse at the beginning of the Heian period, and chōka vanished soon afterwards. Thus, the term waka came in time to refer only to tank

 

We know a bit about this scroll . It was painted in the 19th century  by Lord Shimano. a Samurai warlord in Shimano prefecture. The very elegant Lotus shape pot holds an Ikebana arrangement of various plants. We worked a long time to match this scroll with new silks and then a perfect box which is embroidered antique Kimono Silk. £195

Before restoration and mounting

 

Asagao To Sekirei: Morning Glory and Wagtail 72.7 x 23.7 Including the original Box by the Chinese artist. £210
 

The Morning Glory in Chinese Art, a story for lovers

The star-shaped morning glory is symbolic of a single day each year in which the Chinese lovers, Chien Niu and Chih Neu, are allowed to meet. According to Chinese lore, Chien Niu was a boy start who was entrusted to take care of water buffalo in the heavenly kingdom. A girl star named Chih Neu was put in charge of seamstress duties. They fell in love, and the romance caused them to neglect their duties. In anger, God forced the young lovers to be separated on both sides of the Silver River and allowed then to meet only once during the whole year. So having this painting represents a symbol for two people who are in love but with the reminder that they need to find time for their responsibilities to their work,  family and home.

The morning glory is aptly named, as the flower blooms in the morning and dies by the afternoon. The flowers are funnel-shaped and prefer full sun. Morning glories will grow in poor, dry soil. They are a vine flower and are highly useful for trellises where they reduce the heating and cooling costs of buildings.

Ancient and Modern Uses of Morning Glories
Morning glories are known in China for their medicinal properties. The seeds are said to have a laxative effect. Large amounts of the seeds can also be hallucinogenic.

The water morning glory, also known as water spinach or swamp cabbage, can be eaten like lettuce.

In ancient Mesopotamia, morning glory juice was used in combination with substance from the Castilla elastica tree to make a bouncing rubber ball over 3,000 years ago.

The wagtails form the passerine bird genus Motacilla. They are small birds with long tails which they wag frequently.
Motacilla, the root of the family and genus name, means moving tail
There are three species in China, Korea and Japan however generally there are two that live in China, the
Japanese Wagtail Motacilla grandis and the  Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

 

Sawarabi: Spring Ferns with Waka Poem

75x12 189.4 x 29.4 and original Artists Box £220

Haiga of Early summer/ Late spring and poem with box

Signed by the artist dated in 1943 of early summer by Seishun Sanjin

The poem reads:

Being taken to a grass hut,

there I feel the spring wind

Composed by Seishun Sanjin

(Waka style calligraphy presents me with another challenge because its grass script written in a further grass script)

Waka (和歌 literally "Japanese poem") or Yamato uta is a genre of classical Japanese verse and one of the major genres of Japanese literature. The term was coined during the Heian period, and was used to distinguish Japanese-language poetry from kanshi (poetry written in Chinese by Japanese poets), and later from renga.

The term waka originally encompassed a number of differing forms, principally tanka (短歌, "short poem") and chōka (長歌, "long poem"), but also including bussokusekika, sedōka (旋頭歌, "whirling head poem") and katauta (片歌, "poem fragment"). These last three forms, however, fell into disuse at the beginning of the Heian period, and chōka vanished soon afterwards. Thus, the term waka came in time to refer only to tank

 

Two paintings by Ujo Hara.A.D 1884-1971. A very famous Painter, poet and calligrapher., Ujo Hara was born in Kumamoto pref.  He was a student of Chokunyu Tanomura, Chikugai  Himejima . Seisho Fukuda.

These Scrolls have now been  restored and mounted into a pair of matching scrolls with a double Antique Kimono Silk covered Scroll Box Fully set with brass plaques . A superb gift for a discerning person. The scrolls are 32 inches wide

The set is £675

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


or in antique Bone, £45. ($70)

A new box made and covered in vintage Kimono silk is £40. ($65)up to 28 inches. Over that size will be £65 ($95)

All prices include postage in the UK and Plus £20 ($35USD) anywhere else

If the painting is badly damaged , creased or stained, I would need to quote on that. However, most creases can easily be flattened and tears are backed with new material. Large holes may be an issue but we can get round that. See the Scrolls In Restoration for some beautiful examples of our restoration ability. However we can not make damaged scrolls look new and any restoration is only dependant on what is doable.

If you want the artist translated that cost is £15 to £25 ($25-$40) depending on work -long poems translated or simple signature and seal- which is what we are charged by the specialist scroll translator.

 

Please note that we are booked three months in advance at this time.

All prices include postage in the UK and Plus £20 ($35USD) anywhere else