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Suiseki and Painting Stones

Suiseki are small, naturally formed stones admired for their beauty. Pronounced suu-ee-seck-ee these fascinating stones suggest a distant mountain, waterfall, island, house, animal, bird, person or some other natural entity. The art of suiseki is believed to have originated some two thousand years ago in China, where small stones of great natural beauty were set on stands to represent islands and mountains associated with Buddhist or Taoist beliefs. In the sixth century A.D. emissaries from the Asian mainland brought several such stones to Japan. The Japanese adapted the art to their own tastes and have practiced it to this day.

Suiseki are traditionally exhibited on a carved wooden base called “daiza” or in shallow trays called suiban or doban. When formally exhibited, suiseki are often accompanied by bonsai. Conversely Suiseki are often used as accents to a bonsai on display in a formal setting. The term suiseki means literally “water stone”. It is derived from the ancient custom of displaying miniature landscape stones in trays filled with water and from the association between suiseki and classical Oriental landscaping paintings of mountains and lakes.

Chinese Painting Stones are polished dendritic siltstone of hardness 5-6 formed by ancient river silt which changed into a solid rock over a long period of time. The patterns were formed over the ages by weathering and by the seepage of iron, manganese, and chlorine by interaction with volcanic ash. First discovered in 1979, there is a very limited supply as it is only found in this one ruggedly mountainous area. The stones are cut. ground polished and lacquered to bring out the natural beauty of their stunning patterns. In China it is also called Guo Hua stone or "flower and grass stone". Source: Guilin, Guangxi Province, China. The name Chinese painting stones refer to the similarities between the stones patterns and Chinese painting style, the stones patterns are natural and not painted or enhanced in any way. These stones are absolutely stunning and will make an exceptional conversation piece and will bring a whole new dimension to your home.

Suiseki and Chinese painting stones are a beautiful accompaniment to bonsai being formally displayed and help to bring a sense of place to your arrangement. They also make beautiful quality gifts for those with an innate appreciation of nature and art.

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  1. Chinese Colour Stone & Daiza

    Chinese Colour Stone & Daiza

    £65.74

    A stunning and tactile painting stone that will keep your imagination occupied for hours. The range of colours in this very unusual stone are traditionally associated with Autumn. A rare and special collectors piece indeed. Learn More
  2. Chinese Gua Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    Chinese Gua Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    £68.00

    A beautiful tall Chinese Painting Stone with a striking range of warm colours in well defined blocks. Let your imagination run riot! Learn More
  3. Chinese Gua Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    Chinese Gua Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    £68.00

    A beautiful tall Chinese Painting Stone with a striking range of warm colours in well defined blocks. Let your imagination run riot! Learn More
  4. Chinese Gua Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    Chinese Gua Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    £48.00

    A beautiful tall Chinese Painting Stone with a striking range of colours in well defined blocks. Reminiscent of a cold winter snow scene one side and winter sun over the mountains on the other. Learn More
  5. Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    £23.95

    A slim cut disk of Guo Hua nicely polished and beautifully detailed. The flat viewing face of this stone really sets of it's stunning details and rich colours. This type of stone is traditionally associated with an autumn landscape. Learn More
  6. Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    £23.95

    A slim cut tile of Guo Hua nicely polished and beautifully detailed. The flat viewing face of this landscape stone really sets of it's stunning details and rich colours. This type of stone is traditionally associated with an autumn landscape. Learn More
  7. Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    £23.95

    A slim cut tile of Guo Hua nicely polished and beautifully detailed. The flat viewing face of this landscape stone really sets of it's stunning details and rich colours. This type of stone is traditionally associated with the winter landscape. Learn More
  8. Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    £23.95

    A slim cut tile of Guo Hua nicely polished and beautifully detailed. The flat viewing face of this landscape stone really sets of it's stunning details and rich colours. This type of stone is traditionally associated with the winter landscape. Learn More
  9. Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    £23.95

    A slim cut tile of Guo Hua nicely polished and beautifully detailed. The flat viewing face of this landscape stone really sets of it's stunning details and rich colours. This type of stone is traditionally associated with the winter landscape. Learn More
  10. Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    £23.95

    A slim cut disk of Guo Hua nicely polished and beautifully detailed. The flat viewing face of this stone really sets of it's stunning details and rich colours. This type of stone is traditionally associated with a winter landscape. Learn More
  11. Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    £23.95

    Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza. A slim cut tile of Guo Hua nicely polished and beautifully detailed. The flat viewing face of this landscape stone really sets of it's stunning details and rich colours. This type of stone is traditionally associated with the winter landscape. Learn More
  12. Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza

    £54.00

    • Chinese Guo Hua Painting Stone & Daiza
    • A large and impressive stone with beautiful colours
    • Overall dimensions of stone are 165mm high, 145mm wide, 60mm deep.
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  13. Chinese Painting Stone & Daiza

    Chinese Painting Stone & Daiza

    £44.95

    A beautiful Chinese Painting Stone with a striking range of warm colours. The daiza has a small chip in the back and will benefit from re-finishing. Learn More
  14. Chinese Painting Stone & Daiza

    Chinese Painting Stone & Daiza (278-2)

    £39.95

    A beautiful Chinese Painting Stone with a striking range of warm colours. The main side of the stone resembles a windswept tree on a barren hillside. Learn More
  15. Chinese River Stone Miniature Viewing Stones & Daiza

    Chinese River Stone Miniature Viewing Stones & Daiza

    £18.95

    • Two small natural uncut Chinese river stones
    • Nice little water worn stones with a very attractive colour and texture
    • A perfect addition to a shohin bonsai display
    • Complete with a single very nice hardwood daiza/table
    • Overall dimensions of table 120mm wide. 50mm high
    • Stone size approx' 45mm
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  16. Chinese Scholar's Stone & Daiza - Green Wax Stone

    Chinese Scholar's Stone & Daiza - Green Wax Stone - REDUCED

    £195.00

    Found in southern China Wax stones exhibit a wide variety of colours and textures. This amazing stone has a pronounced green colour to the base stone and deep striations with a nice surface texture of a classic yellow wax stone. Learn More
  17. Chinese Scholar's Stone Suiseki

    Chinese Scholar's Stone Suiseki

    £64.00

    A beautiful scholar's stone with a nice patina on a hand carved hardwood daiza. Learn More
  18. Chinese Scholar's Stone Suiseki

    Chinese Scholar's Stone Suiseki

    £30.00

    • Chinese Scholar's Stone Suiseki
    • A beautiful little water worn stone with a very attractive warm colour and super smooth patina.
    • Nice face pattern to one side.
    • Complete with a very nice hand carved and finished hardwood daiza.
    • Overall dimensions 14.5cm tall. 9cm wide. 6cm deep.
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  19. Chinese Shoushan Stone Relief Carving

    Chinese Shoushan Stone Relief Carving (SS002)

    £128.00

    • A beautiful Shoushan stone relief carving. Incredible detail carving by hand make this a one off unique item.
    • Super smooth and tactile with beautiful muted shades. Only one available, what you see in the pictures is exactly what we will send you.
    • Please be aware that the stand provided with this stone may require re-finishing. Check the pictures carefully before you buy.
    • Overall dimensions 250x145x95mm
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  20. Chinese Shoushan Stone Relief Carving

    Chinese Shoushan Stone Relief Carving (SS004)

    £128.00

    • A beautiful large Shoushan stone relief carving. Incredible detail carving by hand make this a one off unique item.
    • Super smooth and tactile with beautiful muted shades. Only one available, what you see in the pictures is exactly what we will send you.
    • Please be aware that the stand provided with this stone may require re-finishing. Check the pictures carefully before you buy.
    • Overall dimensions 270x160x65mm
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