Restored Scrolls

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Mantis and Cicada. This is being restored and remounted with
a pale grey border around the painting and the top and bottom a mid grey.

'This is a Chinese scroll that has been inscribed by the artist:
I understand the branch need not grow leaves',
(Meaning that there is so much life going on in the branches already)
The written date is 'Ding Mao' 1987, the artist is Cun Fu.

The painting size is  32.8 tall by 18.7 inches wide.
The scroll will be 70 inches tall by 22 inches wide.

Artist Jakutei (弱弟 jakutei / jakutē / じゃくてい-Literal meaning younger brother) painted this image. Circa 1950.
The Wedded Couple  rock 'Meoto iwa' at dawn with the rising sun.
Meoto Iwa (夫婦岩), or the Loved one-and-loved one Rocks, are a couple of small rocky stacks in the sea off Futami, Mie, Japan. They are joined by a shimenawa (a heavy rope of rice straw) and are considered sacred by worshippers at the neighbouring Futami Okitama Shrine (Futami Okitama Jinja (二見興玉神社)). According to Shinto, the rocks represent the union of the creator of kami, Izanagi and Izanami. The rocks, therefore, celebrate the union in marriage of man and woman. The rope, which weighs over a ton, must be replaced several times a year in a special ceremony. The larger rock, said to be male, has a small torii at its peak.

The best time to see the rocks is at dawn during the summer, when the sun appears to rise between them. Mount Fuji is visible in the distance. At low tide, the rocks are not separated by water.

Okitama Shrine is dedicated to food goddess Miketsu. There are numerous statues of frogs around the shrine. The shrine and the two rocks are near the Grand Shrine of Ise, the most important location in Shinto
I am mounting this with a cream silk frame border and a pale grey silk top and bottom. Wood ends and a box.

This was remounted onto suitable silk mounts after restoration and rebacking . See below.

 It comes with a Pauwlana box Tombako and a Niju Bako- double lacquered wood box..

NIJU BAKO or Double Box. The inner box is plain while the outer box is lacquered. Only used for very rare scrolls.

Kano Tanyu (1602-1674) A view of Fujisan through morning clouds painted c 1640 £850


Kanō Tan'yū (狩野 探幽?, 4 March 1602 - 4 November 1674) was one of the foremost Japanese painters of the Kanō school. His original given name was Morinobu; he was the eldest son of Kanō Takanobu and grandson of Kanō Eitoku. Many of the most famous and widely known Kanō works today are by Tan'yū.

In 1617, Tan'yū was appointed by the Tokugawa shogunate to become one of the shogunate's official artists. Over the following years, he was given many highly prestigious commissions. Over the 1620s and '30s, he created a number of large-scale works for Edo Castle, Nijō Castle, Osaka Castle, Nagoya Castle, and Nikkō Tōshō-gū.

Prolific in a variety of painting styles, Tan'yū's most famous works are probably those he produced for these large-scale commissions. They are screens and panels, prime examples of the Momoyama style, depicting natural subjects such as tigers, birds and plants, in bright colors and with extensive use of gold leaf. The gold, often used to represent clouds, water, or other background elements, would reflect what little light was available indoors, brightening a castle's dark rooms.

Tan'yū was also accomplished, however, in monochrome ink painting based on the prototypical style of the Muromachi period, yamato-e compositions in a style similar to that of the Tosa school, and Chinese style scrolls. His most famous yamato-e work is a narrative handscroll depicting the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun and major figure in Japanese history. It was after this commission, in 1640,
Example of A Double Box 'Niju Bako Tombako'
                                                                                     that the artist first took on the "artist name" of Tan'yū.

In addition to being a highly honored and respected painter in his own right, Tan'yū was known as a collector and connoisseur of Chinese paintings. He made sketches and kept records of many of the paintings that passed through his studio, brought to him for authentication

Recently mounted calligraphy scrolls that were painted for me by my Japanese Scroll researcher and translator.
These are not for sale but form part of my own personal collection.




Mending Nets:
Chigusa Sou-un (or Soun)
Born in Kyoto, first trained under Takeuchi Seiho and joined Seiho's group, Chikujokai. Active in the National arts exchange organization (Zenkoku kaiga kyoushinkai), Art institute of Japan (Nippon Bijutsu-in), and the exchange between the two groups, art exchange alliance (rengo kaiga kyoushin kai) and the national exhbition (naikoku kangyo hakurannkai. In 1930 and onwards Soun submits several works for the Shotoku Taishi exhibit, Kyoto Museum appreciation exhibit, and the Kyoto City exhibit. 

This is an important work of art. This has been restored

With a specially made antique silk covered box £220





Pine Tree and Tori Gate-Sansui Ga.Signature and seal: Touho  

Circa 1900 newly restored and with a specially made antique shot silk covered box


Taking Tea and reading books-The Scholars Picnic-Painted circa 1850 newly restored and with a specially made period antique silk covered box


                                              The colour of the mountings are actually grey and not blue

Ontake. this wonderful Sumei-Ink Painting-

Painted in 1909

Shimazaki Ryu'o (1865-1937)Born in Edo-Tokyo. At first, he learned Western painting from Kenkichi Sakurai. Later, he turned his painting style to Japanese. Learned the techniques of the Yosai school from Fuko Matsumoto, and also learned techniques of the Maruyama school from Gyokusho Kawabata. He was also good at painting Japanese beautiful girls-Bijen.

180 x 54cm 71 x22 inches

This has now been restored and comes with a specially made antique Kimono Silk covered Box.


Mount Ontake (御嶽山 Ontake-san), also referred to as Mount Kiso Ontake (木曽御嶽山 Kiso Ontake-san), is the second highest volcano in Japan at 3,067 m (10,062 ft) located around 100 km (62 mi) northeast of Nagoya. It is on the borders of Kiso and Ōtaki, Nagano Prefecture, and Gero, Gifu Prefecture. It should not be confused with Mount Mitake, a mountain in Tokyo written with the same characters, and various other Japanese mountains which share the name Ontake. A small pond located near the base of Mount Ontake contains a number of koi that have achieved seemingly impossible life spans. The oldest known vertebrate animal known to recorded history was a koi named "Hanako," who died here in 1977, at the age of 226 years—outlasting the world's oldest tortoise by 38 years.[

before restoration        after restoration




Kashu Mynah on Camelia-Painting

Painting is 121x30 cm (47x12 inches) £1250. Restoration has been completed.

Kashu NUMATA - 1838-1901

Numata Masayuki, Bokusai, Kashu. A nobleman  from Owari province. Lived most of his life in Nagoya. Pupil of his grandfather Numata Gessai who had studied  ukiyo-e under Maki Bokusen and bunjinga under Baiistu. Numata was sufficiently highly regarded that he was commissioned by the emperor Meiji to decorate the Imperial Palace in 1888

Famous for a three volume book that he wrote and illustrated called Shucho Gafu between 1885 and 1916. This is one of his original paintings

Numata Kashu was from Nagoya and . He did a three volume kacho-ga in the period from about 1885 to 1890 and it was reprinted at least twice in the 20th century. Original printings of his books like this one are harder to find than the contemporary kacho books by Kono Bairei, Imao Keinen and Watanabe Seitei (Shotei). Numata was more concerned with the birds than with the flowers in his prints and his books are ornithologically more accurate than most of the genre.

Each book included as introductory material accompanying 12 leaves, printed both recto and verso, of striking color woodblock prints showing various species of birds in their natural habitats, some of the prints double page. Sm. 4to. Dec. stiff wrpps., tie-bound. Tokyo (Matsuyama-do Shoten/ Shosando Shoten) 1916.

This is the specially made silk covered and lined box that we have created for this wonderful scroll painting

From Amhurst College:

Shûchô Gafu (Pictorial Monograph of Birds) Volume 2 (?) only (of three). 25.1 x 17.9 cm. 26 leaves including initial leaf of printed text 25 single- and 12 double-page colored plates and a final page (i.e. one side of a leaf) of printed text. Contemporary plain blue wrappers stitched Japanese style with red Japanese lettering piece on upper (right) cover. Printed endpapers. Yellow upper endpaper. Tokyo, Nakamura Sataro, 1885.

This is a beautiful work of the kachô genre with the wood blocks printed in subdued colors that include green, yellow, red, brown, orange, blue and dilutions of black. One or two of the plates are done in pure sumi-e i. e. varying dilutions of black and gray. Amongst the turn-of-the-century masters of kachô, including, besides Numata, Bairei Kôno, Watanabe Seitei (Shotei) and Keinen Imao, Numata seems to have been the most bird oriented, so much so that, according to Bartlett and Shohara, his later works published in Tokyo, barely qualify for the “ka” designation. His albums seem scarcer than those of the other artists.

According to the Yale catalog (their three-volume set is a 1938 issue), this work was published in three volumes beginning in 1885. Bartlett and Shohara do not name this work but mention three volumes by Numata of “beautiful bird and flower pictures in 1890...”.

Bartlett & Shohara, p. 241; Yale, p.212 (later issue)


Numata Kashû (1838-1901)

(Shûchô Gafu ?) (Pictorial monograph of birds). (Volume 3 of 3?). 25.0 x 18.1 cm. Laid paper in Japanese double construction (conjugate leaves) sprinkled with mica. Red upper paste-down with Japanese characters and 27 leaves. Japanese-style stitched binding. Bound Japanese style right to left with patterned blue paper over card. Lacks title label slip from upper cover. (Tokyo, Nakamura Sataro ?), 1889.

Red upper paste-down with characters; two leaves framed with double-green lines containing Japanese characters and two red stamps; 17 single and eight double-paged colored woodblock prints within single gray-ruled borders; final page of characters with two red stamps (different from those at beginning).

Numata Kashu was from Nagoya and was sufficiently highly regarded that he was commissioned by the emperor Meiji to decorate the Imperial Palace in 1888. He did a three volume kacho-ga in the period from about 1885 to 1890 and it was reprinted at least twice in the 20th century. Original printings of his books like this one are harder to find than the contemporary kacho books by Kono Bairei, Imao Keinen and Watanabe Seitei (Shotei). Numata was more concerned with the birds than with the flowers in his prints and his books are ornithologically more accurate than most of the genre. This one is exquisite with much brighter colors than the first volume and with some gauffrage and mica-sprinkled paper. Some of the color may have been applied by hand.

Bartlett & Shohara, p. 241

Oshidori-Mandarins in Winter. Signature: Koyo Seal:

A charming painting that has now been restored at our workshop.

The specially made antique kimono silk covered box reflects the colours of the scroll through the fan motif


A wonderful composition of mountains in Summer by Shunpo. This is now restored.

Researching this: I think this is Yoshimichi Shunpô  (Japanese, born after 1899) £210




Blue Green Fujisan. recently fully restored with period silk covered box. £195

Tsuru Crane Couple . Painted by Taigen Koji  c 1930

(also known as  Nobuyoshi Nobutada /  Etsuji Sanjin)

The Winter Mountain Farm

Tanaka Raisho (1868-1940) £220





Before                                                                 After restoration in February 2011                  

Antique Japanese silk was used to make this lovely box for this wonderful scroll

Winter Landscape by Shinso Mizuno(1903-1995)
Width 29" : Height 71.1"

This wonderful scroll has now been fully restored. 2011 £325

The grandson of Mizuno, Toshikata (1866-1908) who was a famous woodblock print artist.

Shinso Mizuna also created prints and was published a number of times by Unsodo Publishers

Unsodo is the name of a large Japanese publishing company with branches in both Tokyo and Kyoto. Founded in 1891, this company is still in existence today. From the 1890s through the 1930s, the Unsodo publishing house was involved in printing high quality pattern books for various crafts including textiles and lacquer. They also published fine art books with color woodblock print illustrations. After World War II, Unsodo became associated with a number of different shin hanga artists. Unsodo published several series of original landscape prints during the late 1940's, including 'Twelve Views of Japan' and 'Twelve Views of Kyoto'.


Mizuno, Toshikata (1866-1908) Japanese-style painter, illustrator. Lived in Tokyo. First learned woodblock printing from Taiso Yoshitoshi, then studied Japanese-style painting with Watanabe Shotei. Also studied decoration of ceramics. Member of the Nihon Bijutsu Kyokai and Nihon Bijutsuin, frequently serving as a juror for these groups. Among his puils were Ikeda Terukata, Ikeda Shoen, and Kaburagi Kiyokata. Painted genre subjects in a modified ukiyo-e manner with Shijo-style background.
In 1887 succeeded Yoshitoshi as illustrator for Yamato shinbun. Designed prints of battle scenes of Sino-Japanese War. At turn of the century was designing illustrations, including fashion plates for a department store. Frequent subjects were women and children in traditional garden settings.


Before                                          After restoration in February 2011

Chikuha Otake (1878-1936) Mount Horai Dream Landscape Sansui Ga 1920 £225

.Width 20.8" : Height 74.2" ( With the original artists signed box. )
*Otake Chikuha (1878-1936):
He was born in Niigata. He learned painting from Sasada Unseki of Nanshu-ha he was given the pseudonym Chikuha. In 1891, he moved to Toyama with his older brother and he made money by painting illustration for newspapers or advertisement. His younger brother got a prize of the book named Shokokumin, he started to send illustration to this book. After he moved to Tokyo and learned under Kawabata Gyokusho, he got prizes that made his painting very popular.
His pseudonym is Seppou.

Dated December of the 8th year of Showa ( 1933) celebrating the 70th birthday for Nobuyoshi (?)
Signature: Koushou Senshi

Seal: Top seal: Kimura Gaitetsu Bottom seal: Koushou (?)

This is a scroll by an outstanding artist Shuko(Shuka) . The scroll mounting has been replaced and a new box made.

there was a tiny separation damage is at the bottom of the outside mount and this has been fixed.

Shuka Takahashi (1877 - 1952 ) £355
Japanese artist.
His real name was Toshita.
He was born in Okayama Pref. in 1877
and lived in Kyoto.
He studied painting with Syunkyo Yamamoto.
The artist's precise date of death is unknown but most research gives me that he died in 1952.
Shuka did a ink and wash scroll painting in 1945 depicting the atomic bomb exploding on Hiroshima in 1945;
Takahashi sent this "illustrated letter," created in the weeks after the bomb, to his close friend, physician
Michihiko Hachiya, who stayed in Hiroshima to treat victims of the blast

Tsurikichi nitsuite Taki

Fisherman under waterfall c 1930

£195 Complete restoration including Box



Scroll boxes recently made for existing scrolls in our collection:



A full restoration is done with silk mounts. We use the existing scroll ends and silk tape if these are in situ. Otherwise we completely redo everything. If you want a box for the scroll we make that as well.
Here are some prices.
A full restoration can cost between £95 and £190 ( $150-$300) depending on what you want.
Replacing the top and bottom panels is £60 ($95),
The centre panel border in silk can also be replaced for £60 ($95)
New ends can be in dense Padouk wood and that is £30 ($48) or in antique Bone, £45. ($70)
A new box made and covered in vintage Kimono silk is £40. ($65)
 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. We cannot clean paintings. 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.
If you want the artist translated that cost is £20 to £35 ($35-$60) depending on work -long poems translated or simple signature and seal- which is what we are charged by the specialist scroll translator.
Why should you restore? It really is up to you. If you like a scroll in your collection or have a scroll where the mounts are old, damaged falling apart, but you like the painting, then that really is the only reason. If its a very valuable scroll what you have to weigh up is whether or not the scroll will be devalued by a mount restoration. I do not restore the paintings, only the mounts. I try to remove the creases as I reback a scroll and that often works very well but I do not repair tears or discolorations. You can see examples of my work on this page. One other thing to be aware of is that scrolls were often remounted throughout their existence. Like changing the frame on a painting. What was great in the 60's may not look so great 50 years later. You have to live with art but sometimes you can tweak the surround in order that the art is able to live with you.

To conclude, an average full remounting service plus box  is £195 There is a backlog right now at the start of 2014 which is around four months.

All prices include postage

Notes; Scrolls in workshop:

We have around 35 scrolls being restored in our workshops at any one time.
Our scrolls are restored by a third generation Scroll Master and she works
carefully through each scroll until it has been brought back to life as best as possible.

Paper Scrolls:

Some scrolls  are very creased and while she can take out some creases these are sometimes cracked creases as opposed to folded creases.
Cracked creases are caused by storing in a very dry conditions such as a centrally heated home or from a home in a desert region.
Lack of moisture dries the paper out and when rolled the scroll can crack and even break. These creases are very hard to repair within a reasonable
 budget. Paint can be lost as the surface breaks apart. The creases may still be seen but after rebacking the painting and flattening the creases these
creases can visually be reduced . Museum restoration for very important scrolls should be carried out by museum restorers but that costs of these will
be very high. Up to 10 times what we charge as a normal restoration. Folded creases are usually much easier as paint has not been damaged.
We have restored many hundreds of scrolls and most are restored to our Scroll Masters satisfaction and of course the clients. We do not clean paper scrolls.

Silk Scrolls. These can be lightly cleaned through traditional methods and all other mounting takes place after initial cleaning( if cleaning is possible)

Please note that where there are older restorations, repairs done before we remount the scroll, these are usually done using rice paper and when we reback the picture these older repairs can sometimes show up as lighter areas on the scroll. If we are able to identify these before we start we will stop and let you know about these before we proceed Otherwise they might just appear after we reback the painting. Rebacking gives the scroll strength .