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Do you own any hanging scroll? Are you curious to know what they are worth? Our Experts can provide an appraisal to give you an estimate of the market price, then help you to ensure the best possible price should you decide to sell.

The scroll as an artistic medium

Scrolls are one of China’s most emblematic artistic and cultural specialities. It is a privileged medium in artistic presentation, both for the art of painting and calligraphy. The way in which these scrolls are made has moreover been established as an artistic practice in its own right. There are two categories: manual scrolls are cut scrolls that allow a succession of different scenes to be depicted, to be observed laid flat. Suspended scrolls are works that can be appreciated in their entirety in a single format, suspended on a wall.


Originally, this medium was invented for logistical reasons: to allow artists to exhibit temporarily and to fold and store works easily. They are sometimes made of silk, and sometimes of paper. It is also, for all Chinese artists throughout history, a new way of expressing their art, with a format specially adapted for a wall or flat display. Scrolls offer an original reading for the artists in the way they are composed – the bottom of the scroll should be read as the foreground of the work, and the middle and top of the scrolls should correspond to the distant elements.

Japanese scrolls

The Japanese equivalent of this format is the kakemono. These are silk or paper scrolls suspended by a wooden rod and weighted at the bottom by another wooden rod, which holds the work in place. Kakemonos play a key role in tea ceremonies, as they are selected according to the seasons.

Imperial Chinese scrolls

As for Chinese scrolls, the imperial models of the 17th and 18th centuries are appearing more and more in the market. For Japanese kakemonos, one may note that the technique used corresponds to the period in which they were made – stretching from the 17th to the 20th century.

How do we appraise your hanging scroll?

Requesting an online valuation of your asiatic furniture is simple. You just need to complete our appraisal form with a brief description and some photos. This information will be sent directly to one of our Asian scroll experts who will provide you with a price range and sales advice.

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If you own a hanging scroll, use our online form for an appraisal.

You will then be contacted by a member of our team of experts and auctioneers to give you an independent opinion of the market price. Should you wish to sell your painting, our specialists will also advise you on the various options available for selling at the best price.

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