show the Japanese artists immense skill with painting of Animal
subjects. I never have many of these as good scrolls are very hard to
The magnificent antique hand painted works of art show the
Japanese style of painting at its very best. Some of these scrolls are
very old and in some cases these have been completely restored where the
original mounts were beyond repair. The original ends and boxes have
been retained but the silk mounts have been replaced with similar
colours to the original. Nothing has been altered with the actual
painting. Please read the scroll making section in the Menu
Year of the Rat –1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008,
2020, 2032, 2044
Though in people's eyes, the rat is not adorable, and even some Chinese
sayings that related to it have almost derogatory meanings, it ranged as the
head of the Chinese zodiac. It was recognized as an animal with spirit, wit,
alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.
People under the rat sign are usually smart and
willing to accumulate wealth and to make efforts to be successful.
Throughout their lives, there will be many other people who can bring great
fortune to them. Thus despite timidity, most of them are happy and
harmonious with others
1:Tanuki Under Moon-Charming scroll beautifully painted.
Suiran saku (or created by Suiran) and
the seal is Suiran
Notes on Suiran: Tani Suiran was
the wife of Tani Buncho.
Tani Kankan, Hama, Suiran, original
family name was Hayashi
Born in Edo and of a Samurai family. Kankan was
born into a family or Samurai retainers in the domain of Hirado in Hizen
province. Suiran married Tani Buncho (1763-1841) in 1785. She was a fine
painter who specialised in Landscape, Sansui ga.
With box £225
Tanuki Couple under moon 78x21 with box £225
Tanuki Couple under moon
The signature reads Gyokusen. I will be researching this further.
Meantime we have a painter on record that this may refer to .
Mochizuki Gyokusen 望月玉泉 (1834 –1913)
Gyokusen was born in Kyoto and became the fourth
generation Mochizuki painter, after taking over from his father Gyokusen
(and eventually handing it on to his own son Muchizuki Gyokkei
Taught by his father, he took over the family workshop and became the
appointed court painter for the imperial house. Gyokusen became a
leading figure of the Meiji-period Kyoto art scene, and together with
he founded the Kyoto Prefectural Art School
in 1878. He was active in foreign exhibitions and won the Bronze Medal
at the International Paris Exposition in 1889. In his old age, he
received numerous prizes and honours and also retained his close
connection to the imperial house
In Chinese literature, rabbits accompany Chang'e
on the Moon. Also associated with the Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year),
rabbits are also one of the twelve celestial animals in the Chinese Zodiac
for the Chinese calendar.
In Japanese tradition, rabbits live on the Moon where they make mochi,
the popular snack of mashed sticky rice. This comes from interpreting the
pattern of dark patches on the moon as a rabbit standing on tiptoes on the
left pounding on an usu, a Japanese mortar.
Year of the Rabbit - 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999,
2011, 2023, 2036, 2047
The rabbit has represented hope of the Chinese people for a long time. It
is tender and lovely. The moon goddess Chang'e in Chinese legend had a
rabbit as her pet, which stimulated the thought that only the rabbit was
amiable enough to match her noble beauty. The Chinese character 'Tu'
(rabbit) is part of 'Yi' (escape or leisure) indicating speed and distance.
The Han people have a custom that a pregnant woman is not allowed to eat
rabbit meat for fear that the child will be born with a harelip. The newborn
is given paintings of children and rabbits representing that the child will
have a peaceful and happy life.
are private individuals, a bit introverted and withdrawn. People
e born into this sign would rather work behind-the-scenes
instead of being the center of attention in any situation. Do
not misunderstand…the Rabbit is not a recluse. In fact, he is a
reasonably friendly individual who enjoys the company of a group
of good friends whether at a business dinner or a holiday party.
Rabbits just like to be a part of the gang as opposed to the
leader of it.
Years are fourth in the cycle, following Tiger Years, and recur
every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a
specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find
the exact date on which each Rabbit Year actually begins.
THE SIGN OF THE RABBIT
like their animal counterparts, are quite calm people who do not
exhibit aggressive behavior and will avoid confrontation at all
costs. When angry about something, a Rabbit will approach it
calmly and considerately, hardly ever raising his voice or
becoming visibly annoyed. Because of their serenity, Rabbits
seem to miss things, whether they are confrontational in nature
or not. However, the Rabbit is quite keen and pays close
attention to the situations developing around him. He is
intelligent and quick and can talk himself in or out of most
situations with no problem.
Chinese Rabbit is one of the most stylish creatures of the
Chinese Animal Signs and finds interest in different cultures.
He is classy and sophisticated, and can be found adorning one of
the latest fashion magazine cover looks. Rabbits also like
artistic ventures, such as painting and music and are generally
quite present in these worlds. They love top express themselves,
which is evident when joining them at home for a function or a
cup of coffee.
born in the Year of the Rabbit share certain characteristics.
The Rabbit Sign is an abbreviated way of characterizing that
individual’s personality. Following are features associated with
the Sign of the Rabbit.
order, Chinese name-TU, sign of peace
Wise, Fragile, Tranquil, Serene, Considerate, Fashionable,
Rabbits 34.8cm by 111.8cm / 13.7" by 44.4".
Scroll has been restored and a new box being made. £175
5:Usagi-Rabbit. A charming study of a rabbit. 76x19 painted circa 1880 . £225
with box. The original silk mounts are in very good condition
throughout for the scrolls age.
I kept the original border but replaced the top and bottom
mounts in grey (not blue).
The box is covered in a deep rose pink watered Silk .
Two Rabbits, Young Pine and Rising Sun
Rabbits by Miki Suizan-1940. This charming scroll restored with a new
top and bottom silk mount and period scroll ends. A silk covered box has
Miki Suizan (1887 - 1957) was born in Hyogo Prefecture.
His given name was Saiichiro.
He studied painting under Takeuchi Seiho.
His paintings won prizes at the Bunten and the Teiten exhibitions.
Miki Suizan was born in Kinashi in Hyogo prefecture. He studied under
Takeuchi Seiho classical Japanese style painting. Suizan became a
well-known and acknowledged painter who exhibited regularly at the
official Japanese salons like Teiten or Bunten. In 1924 fourteen prints
were published by Sato Shotaro, the Watanabe competitor in Kyoto. The
series is titled "Selected Views of Kyoto" and is a fine example of Shin
Hanga style. In 1930 Suizan Miki was one of the ten artists exhibiting
in the famous Toledo exhibition in the US.
(note: there are two Suizan in the Japanese art world, Yajima
Suizan and Miki Suizan, Yajima suizan is way too recent and
different in style compared to this painting, and Miki Suizan is
known for his bijin-ga or paintings of beauties and while he has
not been known to done work on animal or subjects of nature,
this might be an exception which is why I believe this to be by
This has now been restored onto new
silks with a special box made. The price is £210
3:Mouse and Habouki
A beautiful Sumei painting of a Mouse with a Habouki feather brush used in
the Tea Ceremony. The scroll is
quite complicated with a Waka Poem incorporated into the scroll . A truly outstanding example of Japanese brushwork.
sold but I left this to explain the Habouki
£195 with a box This scroll has been
This feather duster is called a "Habouki"
and is used for
sunken hearth (炉, ro)
It is used for clearing the ashes from the Ro that float
free and the tea which fallen onto the table. This
is one of the necessaries of RO. The
Habouki for Ro uses the left feather (Left largest
And, the Habouki for
the portable brazier and
uses the right feather (Right largest feather).
Tsukami-Bane"is another type of feather
duster used in Mizuya. Mizuya
is the preparation area for the tea ceremony.
The Japanese tea ceremony,
also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural
activity involving the ceremonial preparation and
presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. In Japanese,
it is called chanoyu (茶の湯) or chadō (茶道; also pronounced
sadō). The manner in which it is performed, or the art
of its performance, is called temae (点前). Zen Buddhism
was a primary influence in the development of the tea
Tea gatherings are classified as chakai (茶会) or chaji
(茶事). Chakai is a relatively simple course of
hospitality that includes the service of confections,
thin tea (薄茶 usucha), and perhaps a light meal (点心
tenshin). Chaji is a more formal gathering, usually with
a full-course meal (kaiseki), followed by confections,
thick tea (濃茶 koicha), and thin tea. A chaji may last up
to four hours.
4: The Fox who became a Priest:
The traditional Japanese fable tells of an old fox
who has grown tired of being hunted.
look at the other side of every story.
He disguises himself as an elderly priest named Hakuzosu, known for his
love of foxes.
The fox visits a nephew of the priest who is a hunter and tells him of
the many virtues of foxes, as well as of the punishments that come to
men who take life. Satisfied that he has accomplished his mission, he
leaves to return home. On the way, however,
he begins to turn back to his true form and loses the capacities of
foresight and reason. A baited trap before him is an irresistible
temptation and he is caught. Yoshitoshi shows the disguised priest
walking among tangled weeds in the moonlight. As he glances over his
we are made aware of his true nature by the change which has already
occurred in his face...The fable may mean a number of things:
A: People may not be what you think they are.
story has two truths
D: Do not judge a book by its cover.
This is not a long scroll and suitable for display
with a Bonsai
Size 54x 18 inches 137x45 cms
Artist is Yoshitoshi. Yoshitoshi has painted a
beautifully graphic scroll with just enough design to show the story.
Initially you may not see the fox but let your eyes become used to the
design and then you see the snout of the Fox coming out of the robe and
where his robe has slipped and then you see the back and bushy tail. The
Fox is holding a staff on the right. With
its atmospheric washes, free brushwork, and sensuousness, the Shijo
style was appropriate for 19th century artists. Other schools, such as
Ukiyoe, adopted the style. In the late Edo period, Shiokawa Bunrin
(1807-1877) combined the two schools to form the Maruyama-Shijo School,
whose style remained prevalent into the 20th century. Painted
by Yoshitishi in the late 19th century in a very typically Japanese
style of Sumei and Shijo painting style and it was this impressionistic
style of image that so motivated the artists in Paris to create a less
than detailed painting and what eventually became the Impressionists
style. The scroll comes with
its own box
This scroll has been sold but I left the information
as it was very interesting and was the result of a great deal of
|7: Two paintings
Born in Kumamoto pref. Painter, poet, calligrapher. Teacher is
Chokunyu Tanomura, Chikugai Himejima . Seisho Fukuda.
These have now been restored and mounted into a pair of
matching scrolls with a double Antique Kimono Silk covered
Scroll Box The scrolls are 32 inches wide
The set is £675