Chinese calligraphy / mounting

Pieces of calligraphy on silk or paper can be mounted on horizontal or vertical scrolls. Mounting is painstaking work that requires a specialist. It eliminates creases and the crinkling of the paper when the ink dries. Mounting involves gluing the work to a stronger backing paper and then placing it on a scroll. Rice paper is ideal for this operation.

There is an infinite variety of mounting styles, and choices must be made about proportions, colours of silk to surround the work, hanging systems, and whether or not there should be patterns. Everything is a matter of taste.

It is common to keep pieces of calligraphy rolled up and only bring them out occasionally to show to friends or appreciate them in solitude.

mounted calligraphy
photo © Michel Dubreuil


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