Well who says it can’t be Christmas in June!  Our friend Dr. Tom Elias informed us today that the BCI is going to hold an auction of 18 Japanese stones on June 23/24th.

Figure stone from the Tama River - est. $1,250 opening bid $200

Figure stone from the Tama River – est. $1,250 opening bid $200

For many of you who have not been able to travel to Japan this is an excellent opportunity to pick up a very nice suiseki.

If you would like to learn more about the auction please visit the BCI site.  We also want to make it even easier for you so here are two links.  The first is the auction catalog and the second is the bidding form.

Good luck!

BCI Stone Auction Bid Form  (509 KB)

BCI Stone Auction Catalog Instructions  (1.8 MB)

Note: You must be a member of BCI in order to bid. The cost is $19.

Updated 5/31/2012

Additional Info:

To: VSANA members:

Yesterday, I sent you an e-mail informing you of a important auction of eighteen Japanese suiseki at the Bonsai Clubs International Convention that will be held in Denver, Colorado June 23/24.  Two people have already inquired about the base of each stone, is it natural or has it been cut or worked to facilitate a wood base.  I suspect others will be asking the same question; therefore,  each of the stones was examined and the following report generated based upon that review.  I have included the original descriptions of the stones in case you wish to re-examine them.

Japanese Suiseki Exhibit & Auction

Bonsai Clubs International—June 23/24

Report on the bases or bottom of each stone (May 24, 2012)

Each of the eighteen stones was unpacked and examined to determine if the base of the stone was natural or if there were any indications that the base had been cut or altered.

  1. Thirteen (13) of the stones appear to have a completely natural, unaltered bottom or base as far as I can determine.  They are 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17.
  2. Two stones appear to have natural bases but may have been worked to some extent.
    1. Stone #1 has a natural base for about 2/3 of its base, but the texture of the stone changes and is smoother on the remaining 1/3 of the base.  While this may be natural, I suspect that a small section of stone was removed and then that section worked to appear uncut.  There are no obvious or fresh cuts.
    2. Stone #5, the large chrysanthemum stone, has a base with a rough, irregular texture that appears totally natural; however, the straight flat line across the base leads me to believe that this stone was cut, then expertly worked so the base appears natural.  There are no obvious signs of saw marks.  Larger chrysanthemum stones like this one frequently have cut bases for stability and to facilitate a base.
  3. Two stones have clearly been cut to facilitate bases.
    1. Stone #10, a Furuya-like stone, has definitely been cut to have a uniformly level base.
    2. Stone #13, a chrysanthemum stone with many small flowers, has a cut that extends for about 1/3 of the base, otherwise the remaining portion is natural.  This small cut is not unusual among chrysanthemum stones and does not detract from the appeal of this stone.
  4. Stone # 18, a nice hut stone, may have been worked to help form a better hut-like shape; however, I cannot see any obvious signs to support this conclusion.  Many Japanese hut stones have been worked to varying degrees, some of them so well done, it is almost impossible to tell.  The base appears to be totally natural.