We love finding small stands that can be used for suiseki or for the display of pots. Today we continue to show you a few more stands collected in Japan and paired with a few suiseki.
Most of us have seen this stand in a larger configuration. This stand however is just around ~20cm and is beautifully crafted. From perfectly placed and spaced risers to well proportioned legs.
A nice design and highly useful for numerous objects including suiseki, bonsai pots, bonsai trees and the like. This stand is made from rosewood – aren’t most Japanese stands – with a design that is pleasing to the eye. Rikizo makes beautifully crafted stands and you immediately notice the quality when handling them.
Notice the design of the legs with the ‘routing’ of some of the material in the center of each side. This does two things from our perspective: 1) reduces the size and strength of the legs; and, 2) matches the many vertical risers in the design.
It is very important that the legs aren’t too heavy as this would distract from the overall look and add even more weight to a table that feels heavy enough.
We like this combination, forgive the ten-pai on the stand as that was an experiment, as we think the scale of the stone and the stand are right for each other. Our personal taste is for a suiseki to have lots of “room to breath” on the stand. If the stone is taking up most of the stand, our perspective is that it just feels to tight and full. Of course this is a personal perspective and others should feel free to display them in a way that bests suits their eye.
We really fought this tendency at first – to use larger stands – but over time our eyes have just enjoyed seeing the stone with a bit more room.
This daiza for this stone is extremely well made. It is signed by Waseki a daiza maker from Kyoto who no longer makes them due to his age. We are fortunate to have two of his daizas in our collection.
The stone is a Kamogawa stone (h.6.5 x w.7 x d.3.5cm). It has a very rough texture with a beautiful waterfall down the face of the stone. Fortunately the waterfall is only on this side of the stone which is preferred by most collectors.
This stone was once owned by Sugii Chugi who lived in Kyoto Japan and was a prolific collector of small suiskei. We are pleased that we have 5 of his stones in our collection.
Please click the above photo so that you can observe the detail in the design. When this stand first arrived, frankly we weren’t sure we liked it. A solid top rather than an inlaid top; however, the more we see this stand the more we think it is well designed and has beautiful craftsmanship. We don’t know why the artist didn’t sign his piece – that is always a disappointment frankly.
The legs are heavy on this stand when viewed at this 45 degree angle but when viewed head-on it doesn’t feel quite as heavy and has very beautiful flowing lines.