Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mori Ippou Silk Wallscroll Remount

This was the remount of an old silk sumi painting by Mori, Ippou 一鳳 森 (1798 - 1871)
It was sent to me by a bonsai artist that had purchased this scroll. He had hired quite a few people to reframe it...but when it was sent to me it only had a heat based back paper and the original Ichimonji attached to the cloth. I redid the scroll. Removing foxing is still a skill I need to learn. Hopefully, when I go back this summer, I can take the time to learn it besides some other things.

In designing the scroll, the only character's in the calligraphy my wife could decipher was, Okuyama (Far Mountains). I also could not find a Japanese tale involving a bear and a crab. There is a tale from Aesop about a hungry bear and crab....So I selected the wave pattern Chuumawashi to represent the beach where the crab resides. I used the mountain motif in the Ichimonji to represent the Okuyama from where the bear travelled. I used a sea green Ten and Chi to reinforce the ocean. The kakehimo is the Sandai Koiro, and the Jikusaki I used were a black lacquer wood in case the owner wanted to display with a formal evergreen bonsai, particularly if it is styled in a formal styling.

When removing the backing paper, there were two tears in the silk on the sides. I repaired the larger one with a bridge of backing paper, before I applied the first layer of paper called Hadaurauchi. Here is a little about Mori Ippou below:

Mori Ippō was born and lived in Osaka. He was trained in the Shijō style by Mori Tetsuzan, who later adopted him into the renowned Mori family. In the 1850’s the executed a commission for the Imperial palace.
Little information about his life is available, except what he noted down in the humorous book he wrote.
His work shows no great genius, but it is good enough to deserve more acclaim than it generally receives.
Recurring themes are animals, birds, landscapes, and scenes of Osaka life.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Blank Shikishi Wallscroll

This is a shikishi kake scroll. You can exchange the shikishi for seasonality or other themes. This character is written Iyashi (To Heal) in semi-cursive form called Gyousho. The basic pricing for these types of scrolls is $75.00 including taxes and shipping to the United States. If you would like to purchase a scroll similar to this visit or email to Jonathan Maples

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dragon in Makimono style

This is a dragon sumie by polish artist Mariusz Szmerdt. It is not a true makimono, but in the makimono style.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Scroll with Watercolor Flowers

This is a painting by an artist in Hawaii. It is a beautiful composition of flowers. This is a true Yokojiku, because the width is wider than it is long vertically. This is for sale for $5,000.00. It will come complete with a custom kiribako. Please contact to

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Custom Wall Scroll

 This custom dojo wallscroll is in the Maru Hyougu style. It reads 
心身鍛解放First two characters are shinmi which means mind and body.Third character is Kitaeru which is the verb to forge, train or disciplineLast two characters are Kaihou which means to emancipate or set free.
I also upgraded the jikusaki to a rosewood machined shape. I think it is fancy but not too fancy to overpower the simpler scroll design. It utilizes a bright gold Ichimonji to really make a smooth transition between the gray cloth and the artwork.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lao Tze Quote in Scroll

This is a return customer. He wanted a phrase from "The Way" by Lao Tze, and wanted the entire chapter written, but this was too much for my wife. We chose a small snippet of one translation of the first line.

I created the scroll in the Sandan Hyougu style.

It has a pure silk Navy, with a gold on cream ichmonji and a gray ten/chi. The jikusaki were Machined Rosewood. I am still contemplating whether to put on Fuutai...

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Laughter Kakejiku

This was sent to me by an artist from Minnesota. She titled it Laughter....about 7 feet in length.

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