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Living in America, we find it extremely difficult to find stands suitable for bonsai much less suiseki.  So even though we occasionally purchase them via the web, when we visit Japan we are always on the look out for high quality stands.  Today’s post will show a few that are available so let’s us know what you think.

Hitoshi Takashi (80 x 50 x 13cm)

Hitoshi Takashi (80 x 50 x 13cm)

Hitoshi Takashi (80 x 50 x 13cm)

Hitoshi Takashi (80 x 50 x 13cm)

Hitoshi Takashi (80 x 50 x 13cm)

Hitoshi Takashi (80 x 50 x 13cm)

Very well made with three cross braces.

Hitoshi Takashi (80 x 50 x 13cm)

Hitoshi Takashi (80 x 50 x 13cm)

We are not sure of the wood but the price is 120,000 Yen; or $1,425.

Let’s take a look at a more classical suiseki stand from Hitoshi Takashi.

Hitoshi Takashi (80 x 50 x 13cm)

Hitoshi Takashi (80 x 50 x 13cm)

Hitoshi Takashi

Hitoshi Takashi

Hitoshi Takashi

Hitoshi Takashi

Notice the use of only 1 cross brace.  This stand is much shorter in height and I assume this is the reason for the need for only one brace. The table is not quite as long as well.

Hitoshi Takashi

Hitoshi Takashi

I believe this stand is Japanese Quince.   A nice stand priced at 52,000 Yen or $618.

We love this next stand and are seriously considering purchasing it.  Highly decorative but exquisite.

Mayumi Yukari  (37 x 27 x 18cm)

Mayumi Yukari (37 x 27 x 18cm)

Mayumi Yukari  (37 x 27 x 18cm)

Mayumi Yukari (37 x 27 x 18cm)

This stand is priced at 150,000 yen or $1785.  Do you think this stand is too complex for suiskei?  It certainly would have to be with the right stone.

The next two stands are some of our favorites. We have one like this in our collection but smaller and not quite so old.

Suiseki Stand for Mulberry (55 x 30 x 21cm)

Suiseki Stand for Mulberry (55 x 30 x 21cm)

Notice the detail carving on the sides.  This stand is very good for elevating the stone but without being too strong.  This is an outstanding combination in our opinion.

Suiseki Stand for Mulberry (47 x 25 x 19cm)

Suiseki Stand for Mulberry (47 x 25 x 19cm)

A smaller version of the same stand which we like better due to the mulberry wood used in the second stand.  It is a bit deeper in color and the price is a bit better as well.

The first mulberry stand is priced at 250,000 Yen or $2,980.  The second stand is priced at 180,000 Yen or $2,140.

Clearly most of these stands are mid-range in price for high quality stands.  Is it worth it?  Well that depends.  How often are you going to show it?  Do you have room to display in your home?  However, just like a high quality or antique pot for bonsai that is well matched to the tree having a suitable stand for your suiskei is just as important.

We will be back again soon with a post on dobans.

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