28/09/2015 Todays Date
Links to Suiseki main pages
Suiseki Home Page http://www.bonsaiinformation.com/scrolls023.htm
Suiseki Information Page http://www.bonsaiinformation.com/Suiseki-Info.htm
www.Tokonomascrolls.com (Our Home pages for Scrolls and Asian Antiques)
New Suiseki Page: http://www.bonsaiinformation.com/SuisekiJuly2015.htm
Link to Bonsai Empires Blog: http://www.bonsaiempire.com/about-us
Link to Bonsai Empires article on the recent Salzburg Bonsai Show with
photographs supplied by Tokonomascrolls.com http://www.bonsaiempire.com/blog/salzburg-2015
I have been collecting viewing stones since 1975 when I was a partner in a tropical fish shop in Scotland. The first stones I collected came from Barra in the outer Hebrides and these were used in the shops display tanks and were sold as ornamentation for his customers tanks. They worked well in the tanks as my speciality was Julidochromis marlieri (Julie) cichlids from East Africa and the granite stones were similar to the stones found in Lake Tanganyika.. I had already been into Bonsai since 1971 and had seen the rare mention of Suiseki ion the available Japanese Books at that time and realised that the unique stones from Barra were indeed like the mountain stones that he had seen. Over the next few years my Barra Stones found new homes in most of my friends collections such as John Naka and the Nippon Suiseki Association .My Suiseki have been exhibited in Japan at the Kokofu 10 where Suiseki were sent to be exhibited ( being shown in the Photobooks produced for this event) and many other places around the globe. I eventually had a collection of over two thousand stones covering most of the styles and concepts and this stone collection continues to grow. My collecting sites are in Italy, Africa, Canada, America, Australia, Spain, France, China and of course the UK. Now that I am retired I have slowly started to sell choice examples from my own collection.
Suiseki:Imagine holding an entire mountain range in one hand? Used in meditation to allow the mind to wander for a few moments, the art of Suiseki and Gongshi is indeed become very popular in the United Kingdom as well as around the world. Gongshi are Chinese Scholars stones because these were often seen in the collections of teachers and scholars and used as an aid to meditation, they are becoming a popular hobby once more in China as the country undergoes a renaissance in discovery of its art history once again. Gongshi are mainly abstract in shape and many things can be seen in the same stone by different people. Suiseki are viewing stones that have originated as an art from Japan. For the past two thousand years the appreciation of natural stones that look like objects, mountains , animals, boats and landscapes have been part of the ancient cultures of China, Korea and Japan. In the west the hobby has been steadily growing through some leading collectors showing their own stones in major exhibitions and museums. Some Scholars Stones and Suiseki can change hands for a few pounds or many thousands of pounds while there are some exquisite Suiseki that have been sold in excess of one million dollars and even been exchanged for castles and lands.. Heady stuff for a stone." Oda Nobunaga (1534 -1582 )overthrew the Ashikaga shogunate, was known to be an enthusiastic collector of both Zen-inspired garden stones and miniature landscape stones. In one incident, he is said to have sent a miniature landscape stone, named "Eternal Pine Mountain" together with a fine tea bowl, in exchange for the Ishiyama fortress (currently the site of Osaka castle) in 1580"
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Discovery of an amazing Samurai shaped Suiseki. This is a large
Stone with a beautifully carved and unique Daiza. The colours are
wonderful. £750, $1250
These are some images from our exhibition in Arco Italy May 2015
and a snow capped mountain and Snow Valley from California. Another large Suiseki.
pictures from The Tokonomascrolls stand at the the Noelanders Trophy 2014
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Striated Suiseki, Loch Morar Scotland. Daiza by Sean Smith. £210
Fuji - Bonsai Tree Susieki-UK
Fuji Stone Collected in Skye
Mountain stone with waterfall Indonesia
Raw Jade waterfall suiseki collected in South Island New Zealand.
Long Mountain Range -Liguria Italy. Daiza made specially for this Suiseki by Gerry Brasswell.
Malachite Mountan Range. Daiza GB
Group of miniature Susieki from all round the world
Basalt Suiseki-Scotland, Figure Stone Vancouver Island, on top Hut stone Spain
Large green mountain Stone collected by Felix Rivera Eel River, Front Agate mountain New Zealand
Back Striped stone from China
Murphys Stone- Dazia by GB shown in group picture above and below
From North Vancouver Island in Canada. Thumbnails-Click to go large
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Unique Suiseki from California.
Clear Creek California was a little known but excellent Suiseki hunting ground kept a secret for a long time because
of the beautiful "veined" serpentine stones that were occasionally found there..
We went there 1 week before they shut it down for stone hunting. These are four that are available and will be ready
for sale at the end of May.
There will never be any more..
These two are about 6" long with walnut Daizas.
Each stone is £235 including post. Two are offered for £450,
Red Mountain. A simple and beautifully coloured Susieki from California
5 1/4" long x 2 1/2" tall
Padouk wood daiza dyed black so you can still see the red of the Padouk wood coming through
Chinese carnelian stone is recognized as the queen of stones. It comes from the area of Nanjing city China. When exposed out of the water ts surface is very rough and the colour is mostly black and green, but when water weathered by the constant flow of the river over thousands of years it becomes very smooth and exquisitely shiny exposing some beautiful patterns with a centre layer of layered ripples are especially colourful or even pure white.
These stones are not ready yet but Daizas will be made for them and they will be ready around July