Antique Scrolls

November 22nd, 2013


Well, winter looming outside our doors and we’re all spending a lot more time around the house and finally getting around to framing art and finding places to hang them. We have a couple of interesting antique Japanese *correction – Chinese scrolls (I bought these from a shop in Japan)* that we thought we should share with you. One is finding its home in a narrow wall in our bathroom to the right of the sink.

It is the popular motif of the plum blossom, but this one is the lucky double plum blossom *peach blossom?* ensuring a good spring. It’s a nice reminder during winter, the promise of the spring to come. Also, the artist used their finger print to make all of the little dots – I think that little bit of charm was what encouraged me to buy it.


A closeup detail of the finger prints used for the blossoms.


The other is just a fun piece that I bought for Elodie. When I saw the cats, bamboo and flowers I thought it would look great in her future bedroom. Plus one of the cats looks just like Isha! Elodie really likes this piece, she likes counting the cats.

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  1. the blossom drawing should be place in horizontal position, and the chinese words titled “double trunks to welcome the coming of spring”


    22 Nov 13 at 10:36 pm

  2. Both of these are chinese scrolls, and the first is hung sideways — should be hung horizontally so that the inscription would be legible.


    23 Nov 13 at 11:00 am

  3. The first scroll is not a plum blossom. It is a peach blossom. In fact two peach blossom. It is Chinese with writing saying two peach blossom welcoming the spring. And it goes horizontally. Its a beautiful painting anyhow. The second painting is also Chinese. The painters name has the word Chrysanthemum in it. Just like the painting. Nice pieces!

    O. Cheung

    23 Nov 13 at 12:35 pm

  4. Beautiful plum blossoms–but you have hung it sideways. The piece should be hung horizontally with the characters along the top (so they are right side up and properly legible)


    23 Nov 13 at 7:07 pm

  5. Probably a silly question but in the first picture the writing on it is sideways – is that intentional or is it hung 90 degrees off?


    23 Nov 13 at 8:12 pm

  6. Hi, I read your blog since last year when I googled one Japanese artist. I love your amazing stuffs and your articles. But today I have to say the scrolls you show here are not from Japan, they are chinese paintings. They are good ones especially the one with the cats in personal view. By the way, the first one( plum blossom) should not be put in vertical way as the words couldn’t be read on that way. I really like you guys and hope you bring more pretty things in your blog. Thanks!


    27 Nov 13 at 1:45 pm

  7. Top picture is turned sideways. Should be displayed horizontally.


    27 Nov 13 at 4:11 pm

  8. Wow, Thank you so much for all of the comments! I’m so happy to be able to know where the scrolls are from and what they say.

    Although the first scroll is hung incorrectly, I think we are going to leave it as is since it looks so good in its place on the vertical.

    John & Juli

    28 Nov 13 at 8:45 am

  9. I did notice that the first screen wasn’t hung “properly,” but it looks so nice that way I thought it was on purpose. At any rate, I’d love to see more closely how the blossoms were made with fingerprints. It’s lovely!


    29 Nov 13 at 6:13 pm

  10. Catherine, just added a more detailed photo to the post for you. Thank you for the comment!

    John & Juli

    30 Nov 13 at 4:19 pm

  11. Thanks–what a wonderful scroll!


    30 Nov 13 at 8:54 pm

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