For a number of years on the bonsai site http://www.bonsai-master.com, now a dead link, we reviewed numerous stands by Shimizu Hirohisa. The costs of his stands were higher than most so we elected not to purchase any. That changed this year as we acquired several high quality pots and stones and wanted a stand match. We are glad that we did.
Each stand wrapped in a nice cloth comes with a kiri-bako to safely store it. The cloth and box lid are stamped with the artist mark which by the way is different than his mark on the stand. Over the next couple of posts we will show you his three stands and what we are displaying on them.
We purchased this pot from Daisaku Nomoto (野元大作) last summer when he visited Boon. An interesting design that looks like two pots melding into one. I have only seen one other example of this type of pot in a Japanese bonsai pot book. A beautiful blue glaze somewhat reminiscent of Tofukuji.
The stands are very well made out of what appears to be a single piece of rosewood. In carefully studying this stand I can not see any splices or gluing unless he has done such an excellent job of matching the wood grain that it disappears – which is possible.
The finish on the stands is excellent with numerous layers of finish to bring out a very high sheen. This finish also makes it very difficult to photograph and I was too lazy to grab a gobo to knock down some of the top light.
Beautifully crafted. The stand is actually very level but when shooting this in our light tent the background paper was not aligned correctly and therefore the rightmost leg is off the ground.
He carves his artist mark directly into the stand and can be seen in the photo above. All the images can be clicked to see a larger version.
When we now buy stands in Japan, before they are shipped, we have a kiri-bako made so that they make a safe transit from Japan to America. After purchasing an 40 year old stand that left Japan in perfect condition but arrived with two broken legs and cracked top – it just seems cheaper to have a box built to ship the stand in. On a side note, our friend Jeff informed us of an antique repair shop in San Francisco that does incredible repair work (museum quality) so we had the stand repaired. We have to admit it is almost impossible to see where the stand what damaged. If you are in need of a repair let me know and we will get you in touch with the shop.
Over the next few days we will post on two other stands by Shimizu. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.