Scroll Restoration Service

Scroll restoration service

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. 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 15 to 25 ($25-$40) depending on work -long poems translated or simple signature and seal- which is what we are charged by the specialist scroll translator.

All prices include postage

We have the services of a third generation Scroll Master who does the restoration of our scrolls. This is done at our workshop in China.

There are a number of options depending on what needs to be done.


Mounting your old scroll with new top and bottom silks and if necessary around the painting itself in material that approximates the original colour ways or in a different colour way that you prefer. We can not get the exact material match but we can usually keep to the colours used on the original scroll and of course we can follow your own colour suggestions as closely as we are able.


Scroll Ends:

We keep your own scroll ends, and any tapes that may be on the scroll. However, you may have damaged scroll ends or a missing one. We would suggest replacing the both scroll ends if one is missing as we will not be able to match a scroll end as these are usually always unique. However we do have wood scroll ends in wide or slim shapes that we have had made. We may also be able to supply antique Bone Scroll ends so we can always make a nice job


If you would like a box made to hold the scroll we can supply a hand made box covered in Antique Kimono Silk to protect the scroll.


Painting restoration:

If the painting itself on the scroll is damaged I would like to see that first.


Translation of Signature and seals.

If you would like a translation of the scroll artist we employ a freelance researcher and he will charge between 15 and 30 depending on what information you would like or is available to him on the scroll. He researches the signature the seals and the information that may be on the back of the scroll. If you have an original box, this may have information as well on the box lid inside and outside and we can get that translated for you.

Postage costs. The shipping to and from China for one scroll is around 30


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Examples of Scroll Restoration

 You can see what a mess this lovely scroll was in before we did the restoration

After restoration this really brings the beauty of the image back to life.

A 19th century short scroll of an incredible landscape by Raisho painted in 1850.



This very rare and old scroll was completely restored in 2010 by a third generation Scroll Master. We felt that the scroll was too important to leave in its original state and in order that it could be enjoyed by future generations we breathed new life into the scroll. The Scroll Master followed the original scroll design to a certain degree for the painting  but used new silk mounts and slightly shortened the length of the scroll for use a Tea House, Tokonoma or Bonsai exhibit..

The scroll was rebacked, creases taken out and new silk mounts were created around the painting. The original scroll ends were badly damaged so we made new scroll ends in a dense Chinese Rosewood.

Box: The box is from silk that was originally used for a Kimono in the 19th century. Heavily embroidered, this is truly a work of art in its own right.

Research on Artist-Name: Kinoshita Itsuun (September 9, 1800-  September 12, 1866)

Name and history:-not always avaiable

A wonderful small painting of an orchid plant by Kinoshita Itsuun. Signed and sealed by the artist. Kinoshita Itsuun is not too well known as a Japanese artist but within the Nagasaki Nanga School he is considered as a member of one the three great families of the Nagasaki Nanga School. Kinoshita was born in Nagasaki City Yahatamachi in 1800 and was the third son of Kinoshita Shigemasa.

At the age of 18 he inherited the Kinoshita estate and in 1829 left his estate to his nephew in order to fulfil his dream to became a doctor and entered Dokuseido a school that teaches the Dutch methods of treating small pox and other Western medicine.

 During his studies he also took up painting under the tutorship of a well respected local painter Ishizaki Yuushi, in order to learn the Chinese style known as Tang painting and continued his studies with some of the Chinese masters resident in Japan and  especially with Chen Yizhou, who had settled  for a time in Nagasaki  and who, incidentally, also taught Western styles.

He continued study of painting with his long time friend, Tetsuo Somon gaining high praise from the great masters, Tanomura Chikuden, Rai Sanyo, and Hirose Tanso. He was very successful as a teacher by this time and students included Kawamura Ukoku, Ikejma Sosen, Tsuda Nanchiku, his nephew and younger sister. Kinoshita was not just famous for his paintings, he was talented in many things including being known for his calligraphy, seal carvings, his biwa solos, and sencha (loose leaf tea ceremony). He was also known for developing the chemicals to create Kameyama wares and their white celadons.

Through his background working with Chinense masters, he could speak Chinese well and he was an assistant when Chinese emissaries came to Nagasaki and helped develop China-Japan relations. However, when he was returning from visiting Edo, he was on the English boat Kokuryu-maru and was involved in an accident near the shores of Nagasaki and would never return to Nagasaki. He was 68 years old. This is a rare work and has been respectfully restored..



An Ikebana arrangement of chrysanthemums is also a short scroll All we had was the painting.

Ikebana arrangement. This is an 18th century painting that we have mounted onto a scroll. The scroll ends are hand made dense Rosewood to add weight which makes the scroll sit perfectly. The box is covered in Antique Silk Kimono fabric


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