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 Painting Stone & Daiza
    £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
  2. Chinese Shoushan Stone Relief Carving

    Regular Price: £135.00

    Special Price £84.00

    • 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 240x170x90mm
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  3. Chinese Shoushan Stone Relief Carving

    Regular Price: £135.00

    Special Price £65.00

    • 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 175x180x45mm
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  4. Chinese Shoushan Stone Relief Carving

    Regular Price: £135.00

    Special Price £86.00

    • 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 175x180x45mm
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  5. Chinese Scholar's Stone & Daiza - Green Wax Stone
    £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
  6. Chinese Shoushan Stone Relief Carving

    Regular Price: £128.00

    Special Price £85.00

    • 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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  7. Mountain Stone Suiseki
    £35.00

    • Mountain Stone Suiseki from Japan.
    • This suiseki is in it's natural form and a perfect complement to a bonsai display.
    • Beautiful hand carved hardwood daiza.
    • Overall dimensions 21.5cm tall. 15cm wide. 10cm deep.
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  8. Suiseki Mountain Stone Natural Stone
    £45.00

    • A naturally beautiful stone found in Spain
    • Incredible natural detail and textures
    • You will need to make a daiza for this stone.
    • Overall dimensions are 200mm tall, 200mm wide, 90mm deep
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