Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Remounted Scroll (Chikanobu Kano)

This scroll was purchased in an auction. I started the remounting process over 3 years ago. You can see the original condition here.

I like the way this has turned out.
Some of my thoughts on this scroll.

I am still contemplating if I should put Fuutai on this scroll. (Fuutai are the strips of cloth that hang down from the top of the scroll) What do you readers think.
The scroll currently hangs in a Sandan Hyougu style (Semi-formal). It has a Shitan (Rosewood) jikusaki in the Enshu style. Most people said winter, and that is the feeling I got. Traditionally, a Japanese Hyougushi probably would have framed with the concept of Danshoku/Kanshoku. Which is warm and cool colors. However, they typically do the opposite of the season of the painting. 

I used the white wave pattern cloths to represent snow banks around a pond. The top/bottom (Ten/Chi) cloth is a light blue/gray which reminded me of a winter sky. The ichimonji bordering the top and the bottom has a pine needle motif.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Yamato Hyougu (Tea Ceremony Scroll)

The following scroll was not written by my wife. It was provided to me by the customer. It is very beautiful calligraphy. In selecting the cloths rather than what was written, I focused on the feeling of the writing.

For the Ichimonji I used a gold with orange brown background. The Chuumawashi (intermediate cloth) is a pure silk with a phoenix and chrysanthemum style pattern. The Ten/Chi (top and bottom) cloths are a light beige.

The Sage (Japanese term and not color) Fuutai are the same as the ichimonji cloth.

The scroll is completed with a Dark Gold Kakehimo and a Rosewood jikusaki.

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