Small size Antiques
Accent items for Bonsai Display or Tokonoma

Tea accoutrements

Viewing Stones


Antique Bulb Pots

'On the Laws of Japanese Painting'

by Henry Pike Bowie, San Francisco and published by Paul Elder in 1911

The book that you really must have-Everything you need to know about scrolls written in 1911 by a genius. A truly great present for yourself or a friend. I have the largest original first edition collection of these books in the world. The quality of the plates are unique and very much clearer than 'any' later edition.

A must have and extremely rare book in the first edition for the real enthusiast. I fell in love with this book when I was discovering scrolls and I have been a fan ever since. I originally had a later edition which turned out to be little more than a photocopy made into a book. Then someone showed me a first edition and I was astounded by the difference in quality of the illustrations. Everything that the author was describing came alive in these illustrations.  I have been collecting these special books for a long time and I am now ready to offer these to you. The prices range between £175 and £350. I also have some professionally restored second edition copies between £40 and £125. All hard batter copies and many with dust jackets. The webpage will be created over the holiday period and you can access that here on

Link to a paper we have written and researched on the Tokonoma.

And a Link to a new page introducing the Viewing Stone   


News: A remarkable Edo period fourfold screen has recently become available from a collection in Spain-
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See the wonderful collection of antique Chinese Bulb Pots here



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Please note our special discount offer. 5% when you buy two scrolls,
10% for three scrolls, 15% for four scrolls and 20% for five and more. All scroll prices include post.

Important note about this website
The reason why there are other quite different items on this website is that when displaying a scroll in a Tokonoma-or special scroll area, you would display that scroll with an object such as a Bonsai or a small item like a vase, statue, antique pot or Suiseki. I hope that you will enjoy browsing the pages of Tokonoma scrolls and perhaps find out a little more about the beautiful world of Japanese and Chinese art a world that I have been immersed in for most of my life. We do try our best to get the artist right but despite quite intensive research and sometimes considerable investigation, in the end we can only offer our best opinions and sometimes the opinions of the auctions from which we buy the works.. Apart from one or two examples of a screen printed scroll, all scrolls are hand painted original scrolls . Tokonoma scrolls also restores and remounts old scrolls or scroll paintings to give new life to a work and that is also mentioned in the listings. For more information please see our very extensive section on artists

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The Tokono-ma

In traditional Japanese houses, one room has a Tokonoma, an alcove designed for the display of a kakemono (scroll) and perhaps a Bonsai, Suiseki, flower arrangement (Ikebana) or a piece of pottery. The practice is to change the picture depending on the season. Or indeed, to have another image suggesting an emotion or seasonal feel outside the present month. Waterfalls, Taki,  suggest coolness and are often displayed in hot weather while a dry or sea shore landscape suggests heat in a cold month. The rolled-up kakemono can be stored in a specially designed box sometimes called a Kiri box which can be made in Paulownia or Cedar wood. Period wooden boxes are usually made in Paulownia . A scroll is meant to be stored until it is brought out again. Some scrolls have hand made silk covered boxes using antique Japanese Kimono Silk.These are very beautiful and always very popular when been given as presents

Oshidori-Mandarin Ducks form part of our three water bird sections

The Kakemono

In Japanese art, a work of art mounted for hanging. A picture or piece of calligraphy on paper or silk is glued on a paper backing with a silk or brocade frame and different pieces of silk above and below it. There is a cylindrical rod called jikugi (軸木) at the bottom, which becomes the axis or centre of the rolled scroll. The end knobs on this rod are in themselves called jiku, and are used as grasps when rolling and unrolling the scroll-but with older scrolls it is better to avoid using the Jiku in case one or other is loose or could be broken. Always roll slowly and carefully.

If the width is shorter than the height, it is called a vertical work (竪物 tatemono?) or Standing Scroll (立軸 tatejiku); if the width is longer than the height, it is called a horizontal work (横物 yokomono) or horizontal scroll (横軸 yokojiku)

Other parts of the scroll include the "jikubo" referenced above as the jikugi. The top half moon shaped wood rod is named the "hassou" to which the "kan" or metal loops are inserted in order to tie the "kakehimo" hanging thread. Attached to the jikubo are the "jikusaki", the term used for the end knobs, which can be inexpensive and made of resin or decorative pieces made of ceramic or lacquered wood. Many are bone or Ivory. The way to tell the difference is that Ivory will be solid at the end while bone has  a circular bone set into the end (because bone is hollow) When we restore a scroll we either use what materials are available with the scroll for the ends or we attach bone Jiku and dense rosewood Jiku that we have made.

Additional decorative wood or ceramic pieces are called "fuchin" and come with multicoloured tassels or plain colours. We sell quite different Fuchin to what is generally available as our tassels are extremely thick and luxurious and we use variegated agate, marble or jade weights. The variation in the kakehimo, jikusaki and fuchin can therefore make each scroll more original and unique

Much more is in the sections on scroll information below.

About our gallery:

At Tokonoma Scrolls we have a wide selection of Antique, between 300 and 100 years old, Vintage Scrolls, 20th century from 1900 to the late 20th century and modern scrolls, created by exceptionally gifted and well respected modern scroll artists in Japan and China.

Many of these scrolls are collectors pieces of course but more than this these are beautiful works of art that will grace any home or office. Some of the shorter scrolls and small scrolls will be excellent for Bonsai exhibitions and all will suit a Tokonoma .

I have been growing and teaching Bonsai for 40 years and written five best selling books on Bonsai culture. Along my journey I have been studying Asian art for over 50 years and during this path of discovery I have been fortunate to study many forms of Chinese and Japanese culture, art and philosophy. I regularly visit both countries to continue my knowledge. I am a fan of both Chinese Opera and Noh Drama as well as the architecture and landscape of both civilisations.

Please spend some time with me and find out the history behind scrolls and the legends and stories that explain some of the subjects

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I have put together some notes for you gleaned from research in many places:

Would you like to read about how scrolls are made and how Scroll Boxes are made?

Here are the links on this website

Scroll Boxes

Scroll History

Scroll Making Introduction

Scroll Making Advanced

Scroll Artists



We have a number of very high quality examples of scroll art .

Shunzo Peacock


One of our new sections is all about Tea-a great passion of mine.-click to go there

Tea Brick , Carved Lacquer Tea Caddy,  Rare Yixing Red Clay Tea Pot from the early 20th century

A selection of the many designs of scrolls in our gallery





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