Japanese Display Rack and Six Fuchin

Vintage Japanese Tori Display Rack with Six Pairs of Scroll Weights (Fuchin)

Age:1920-1940 (Showa period)

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 23-“h x 17-0”w     

This piece was purchased from a Japanese collector of hanging scrolls and teaches the appreciation of scrolls. He changes his display as well as the complimenting Fuchin based on season, guest and function. Shown is a vintage Japanese rack stand in a classic traditional form in the shape of a Tori gate, which is beautifully aged in a naturally finish complimenting the richly grained wood.

Included are six (6) beautiful pairs of Scroll weights, (Fuchin), as follows: (1), pair of vintage cylindrical tapered Onyx Scroll Weights measure 1-5/8” inches long x 1-1/8” diameter, with Silk Tassels; (2), one pair of Porcelain Kutani Scroll Weights in the form of a double fish in the standard Kutani red and gold finish. Each double fish are back to back and measure 2-1/8” long x 1-1/2” diameter and paired with Silk tassels; (3), one pair of two Elongated Crystal Scroll Weights, measure 1-¾” long x 1-1/2” in diameter. This pair is finished with Brown Silk tassels, is 10-0” in length; (4), one pair of Celedon Ornamented Scroll Weights measure 2-0” long by about 1-1/2” in diameter. The most interesting feature is that each have a beautiful flower motif under the glazing with Silk Tassels; (5), one pair of porcelain Kutani Red and Green Scroll Weights in a bulbs shape in the standard, measuring 1-5/8” long x 1-3/8” diameter, with silk tassel; and finally, (6), one pair of Celedon Agate Scroll Weights measure 2-0” long by about 1-1/2” in diameter, and finished with Silk Tassels.

Vintage Condition: The stand and Fuchin are in excellent condition. “As is” with no affects from aging, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted. 

NOTE: Scroll weights, (fuchin), are a decorative accessory, and is traditionally used when displaying Japanese hanging scrolls. A pair of these small tasseled weights are hung from a scroll's bottom end-rollers called jiku, which help keep the scroll hang straight, keep it from curling, and control it from moving. Scroll weights are also used to take creases out if the scroll does no have appropriate weight of its own. Wooden boxes called “kiribako”, made of paulownia tree ("kiri") are for storing scrolls when they are not displayed. It is not unusual to find these custom made boxes with a special side pocket designed to store scroll weights that were specifically made and coordinated to compliment the scroll on display.