These scrolls show the Japanese artists immense skill with painting of  Animal subjects. I never have many of these as good scrolls are very hard to locate.

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 in some cases these have been completely restored where the original mounts were beyond repair. The original ends and boxes have been retained but the silk mounts have been replaced with similar colours to the original. Nothing has been altered with the actual painting. Please read the scroll making section in the Menu


Year of the Rat –1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032, 2044

Though in people's eyes, the rat is not adorable, and even some Chinese sayings that related to it have almost derogatory meanings, it ranged as the head of the Chinese zodiac. It was recognized as an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.

People under the rat sign are usually smart and willing to accumulate wealth and to make efforts to be successful. Throughout their lives, there will be many other people who can bring great fortune to them. Thus despite timidity, most of them are happy and harmonious with others


1:Tanuki Under Moon-Charming scroll beautifully painted.

Suiran saku (or created by Suiran) and the seal is Suiran

Notes on Suiran: Tani Suiran was the wife of Tani Buncho.

Tani Kankan, Hama, Suiran, original family name was Hayashi


Born in Edo and of a Samurai family. Kankan was born into a family or Samurai retainers in the domain of Hirado in Hizen province. Suiran married Tani Buncho (1763-1841) in 1785. She was a fine painter who specialised in Landscape, Sansui ga.

With box £225


2: Suisen

Tanuki Couple under moon 78x21 with box £225


Tanuki Couple under moon

61x195.3cm 24x76.8  
The signature reads Gyokusen. I will be researching this further. Meantime we have a painter on record that this may refer to .

Mochizuki Gyokusen 望月玉泉 (1834 –1913) Gyokusen was born in Kyoto and became the fourth generation Mochizuki painter, after taking over from his father Gyokusen 望月玉川 (and eventually handing it on to his own son Muchizuki Gyokkei 望月玉渓). Taught by his father, he took over the family workshop and became the appointed court painter for the imperial house. Gyokusen became a leading figure of the Meiji-period Kyoto art scene, and together with Kōno Bairei 幸野梅嶺 he founded the Kyoto Prefectural Art School 京都府画学校 in 1878. He was active in foreign exhibitions and won the Bronze Medal at the International Paris Exposition in 1889. In his old age, he received numerous prizes and honours and also retained his close connection to the imperial house



In Chinese literature, rabbits accompany Chang'e on the Moon. Also associated with the Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year), rabbits are also one of the twelve celestial animals in the Chinese Zodiac for the Chinese calendar.

In Japanese tradition, rabbits live on the Moon where they make mochi, the popular snack of mashed sticky rice. This comes from interpreting the pattern of dark patches on the moon as a rabbit standing on tiptoes on the left pounding on an usu, a Japanese mortar.

Year of the Rabbit - 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2036, 2047

The rabbit has represented hope of the Chinese people for a long time. It is tender and lovely. The moon goddess Chang'e in Chinese legend had a rabbit as her pet, which stimulated the thought that only the rabbit was amiable enough to match her noble beauty. The Chinese character 'Tu' (rabbit) is part of 'Yi' (escape or leisure) indicating speed and distance. The Han people have a custom that a pregnant woman is not allowed to eat rabbit meat for fear that the child will be born with a harelip. The newborn is given paintings of children and rabbits representing that the child will have a peaceful and happy life.


Rabbits are private individuals, a bit introverted and withdrawn. People e born into this sign would rather work behind-the-scenes instead of being the center of attention in any situation. Do not misunderstand…the Rabbit is not a recluse. In fact, he is a reasonably friendly individual who enjoys the company of a group of good friends whether at a business dinner or a holiday party. Rabbits just like to be a part of the gang as opposed to the leader of it.

Years of the Rabbit

Rabbit Years are fourth in the cycle, following Tiger Years, and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Rabbit Year actually begins.


Rabbits, like their animal counterparts, are quite calm people who do not exhibit aggressive behavior and will avoid confrontation at all costs. When angry about something, a Rabbit will approach it calmly and considerately, hardly ever raising his voice or becoming visibly annoyed. Because of their serenity, Rabbits seem to miss things, whether they are confrontational in nature or not. However, the Rabbit is quite keen and pays close attention to the situations developing around him. He is intelligent and quick and can talk himself in or out of most situations with no problem.

The Chinese Rabbit is one of the most stylish creatures of the Chinese Animal Signs and finds interest in different cultures. He is classy and sophisticated, and can be found adorning one of the latest fashion magazine cover looks. Rabbits also like artistic ventures, such as painting and music and are generally quite present in these worlds. They love top express themselves, which is evident when joining them at home for a function or a cup of coffee.


People born in the Year of the Rabbit share certain characteristics. The Rabbit Sign is an abbreviated way of characterizing that individual’s personality. Following are features associated with the Sign of the Rabbit.

Fourth in order, Chinese name-TU, sign of peace

Hour—5am-6:59am Month—March

Western Counterpart—Pisces


Keen, Wise, Fragile, Tranquil, Serene, Considerate, Fashionable, Sneaky, Obsessive


Rabbits 34.8cm by 111.8cm / 13.7" by 44.4". Scroll has been restored and a new box being made. £175

5:Usagi-Rabbit. A charming study of a rabbit. 76x19 painted circa 1880 . £225 with box. The original silk mounts are in very good condition throughout for the scrolls age.

Before restoration                                             After restoration.

I kept the original border but replaced the top and bottom mounts in grey (not blue).
The box is covered in a deep rose pink watered Silk  .  

6: Two Rabbits, Young Pine and Rising Sun

Rabbits by Miki Suizan-1940. This charming scroll restored with a new top and bottom silk mount and period scroll ends. A silk covered box has been made.

Miki Suizan (1887 - 1957) was born in Hyogo Prefecture.
His given name was Saiichiro.
He studied painting under Takeuchi Seiho.
His paintings won prizes at the Bunten and the Teiten exhibitions.

Miki Suizan was born in Kinashi in Hyogo prefecture. He studied under Takeuchi Seiho classical Japanese style painting. Suizan became a well-known and acknowledged painter who exhibited regularly at the official Japanese salons like Teiten or Bunten. In 1924 fourteen prints were published by Sato Shotaro, the Watanabe competitor in Kyoto. The series is titled "Selected Views of Kyoto" and is a fine example of Shin Hanga style. In 1930 Suizan Miki was one of the ten artists exhibiting in the famous Toledo exhibition in the US.

(note: there are two Suizan in the Japanese art world, Yajima Suizan and Miki Suizan, Yajima suizan is way too recent and different in style compared to this painting, and Miki Suizan is known for his bijin-ga or paintings of beauties and while he has not been known to done work on animal or subjects of nature, this might be an exception which is why I believe this to be by Miki Suizan)


This has now been restored onto new silks with a special box made. The price is £210







3:Mouse and Habouki

A beautiful Sumei painting of a Mouse with a Habouki feather brush used in the Tea Ceremony. The scroll is quite complicated with a Waka Poem incorporated into the scroll  . A truly outstanding example of Japanese brushwork.
£195 with a box This scroll has been
sold but I left this to explain the Habouki

This feather duster is called a "Habouki" and is used for Ro, the sunken hearth (炉, ro)
It is used for clearing the ashes from the Ro that float free and the tea which fallen onto the table. This is one of the necessaries of RO. The Habouki for Ro uses the left feather (Left largest feather). 
And, the Habouki for
Furo (風炉) the portable brazier and uses the right feather (Right largest feather). 
Tsukami-Bane"is another type of feather duster used in Mizuya. Mizuya is the preparation area for the tea ceremony.
The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. In Japanese, it is called chanoyu (茶の湯) or chadō (茶道; also pronounced sadō). The manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called temae (点前). Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the tea ceremony.

Tea gatherings are classified as chakai (茶会) or chaji (茶事). Chakai is a relatively simple course of hospitality that includes the service of confections, thin tea (薄茶 usucha), and perhaps a light meal (点心 tenshin). Chaji is a more formal gathering, usually with a full-course meal (kaiseki), followed by confections, thick tea (濃茶 koicha), and thin tea. A chaji may last up to four hours.


4: The Fox who became a Priest:

The traditional Japanese  fable tells of an old fox who has grown tired of being hunted.
He disguises himself as an elderly priest named Hakuzosu, known for his love of foxes.
The fox visits a nephew of the priest who is a hunter and tells him of the many virtues of foxes, as well as of the punishments that come to men who take life. Satisfied that he has accomplished his mission, he leaves to return home. On the way, however, 
he begins to turn back to his true form and loses the capacities of foresight and reason. A baited trap before him is an irresistible temptation and he is caught. Yoshitoshi shows the disguised priest walking among tangled weeds in the moonlight. As he glances over his shoulder,
we are made aware of his true nature by the change which has already occurred in his face...The fable may mean a number of things:  
A: People may not be what you think they are.
B: Always look at the other side of every story. 
C: Every story has two truths 
and finally 
D: Do not judge a book by its cover.

This is not a long scroll and suitable for display with a Bonsai

Size 54x 18 inches 137x45 cms

Artist is Yoshitoshi.  Yoshitoshi has painted a beautifully graphic scroll with just enough design to show the story. Initially you may not see the fox but let your eyes become used to the design and then you see the snout of the Fox coming out of the robe and where his robe has slipped and then you see the back and bushy tail. The Fox is holding a staff on the right. With its atmospheric washes, free brushwork, and sensuousness, the Shijo style was appropriate for 19th century artists. Other schools, such as Ukiyoe, adopted the style. In the late Edo period, Shiokawa Bunrin (1807-1877) combined the two schools to form the Maruyama-Shijo School, whose style remained prevalent into the 20th century. Painted by Yoshitishi in the late 19th century in a very typically Japanese style of Sumei and Shijo painting style and it was this impressionistic style of image that so motivated the artists in Paris to create a less than detailed painting and what eventually became the Impressionists style. The scroll comes with its own box

This scroll has been sold but I left the information
as it was very interesting and was the result of a great deal of research






7: Two paintings by Ujo Hara.A.D 1884-1971. Born in Kumamoto pref. Painter, poet, calligrapher. Teacher is Chokunyu Tanomura, Chikugai  Himejima . Seisho Fukuda.

These have now been  restored and mounted into a pair of matching scrolls with a double Antique Kimono Silk covered Scroll Box The scrolls are 32 inches wide

The set is £675