Suiseki & Scholars Stones
     
 
 
Japanese Chrysanthemum Stones. Please note that the influx of Chinese 'so called' chrysanthemum stones are not what they seem. These are crystalline stones sure enough but then they are cut and then the crystals are outlined with black paint to set the off white crystals. The matrix or base stone is soft and grey in colour. If you buy these you are therefore buying a 'painted' stone. Hardly in the same class as the genuine Japanese Kikaseki or Biseki. Fine to have as an example of course but then you will still have a fake.

What I occasionally sell when they are available are real Japanese Kika seki and sometimes Biseki  which are polished Japanese Kikaseki (Kiku-sihi/ishi) and therefore are beautiful or Biseki Stones. 'Bi' = Utsukushi = Beautiful. Seki -Stone
I rarely manage to get these as they are now very hard to find.

What are chrysanthemum Stones?

In Japan, chrysanthemum stones were discovered in the late 1800s in Neodani, a high mountain valley in central Japan. They tend to be denser than the Chinese chrysanthemum stones, and have smaller flower formations. The matrix surrounding the crystal flowers is volcanic in origin, with various minerals which give the stones their varied colors.

 

The science: North of Mount Funabuse in Gifu Prefecture, Japan, a notable basaltic rock is quarried at a hill called Maru-Yama: Crystals of xenotime and zircon arranged in a radiating, flower-like pattern are visible in polished slices of the rock, which is known as chrysanthemum stone (translated from the Japanese kiku-ishi). This stone is widely appreciated in Japan for its ornamental value. Because of over collecting this are has now been completely closed and no more Kikaseki are collected. This make all available Kikaseki and Biseki a great rarity as all stones offered for sale are now at a premium.

 

All prices are post included within the UK. For overseas postage the price is based on weight. This is between $15USD for the smallest and $40 to $120USD for the heaviest. Essentially around 4 to 6% of the total price

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A rare 11.3kg Japanese apricot
blossom stone ( fossil sea lilly) with a hand made high quality display
stand. 
Height 40cm /16inches Width 27cm/ 11 inches Depth 11cm /4.5 inches

Sold

A superb Ki001kikasekikaseki Biseki Doha -with ledge. This very large stone is 19x17 cm (7.75x7 inches
Beautifully polished to bring out the best of the Kikaseki. This is an old collected stone from a Japanese collection dating back over 60 years .

This was 825 and has been discounted  to
450-$575

 

kiku ishi (Chrysanthemum stone) kiku ishi stones were first discovered in Japan in the late 1800's in Neodani Gifu prefecture. The site has now been declared of national importance in Japan and further mining of these stones is no longer permitted , which has made the Japanese source of these stones now very rare.  This stone has a gentler defined flower pattern unlike the other Kiku stones I have for sale although still a very fine example of a rare stone. I estimate this stone dates from post 1950 Height 148mm Width 88mm Depth 71mm Very large weighs 1.335kg

600 / $750
On sale 450/$575 Including Post in UK and plus discounted shipping of $50 to the USA

 

 


 



 

This is a superb quality and very beautiful hand polished kiku ishi (Chrysanthemum stone)

This has a large Kika-Crysanthemum on the front against a mottled red matrix. This si a very rare colour

The  kiku ishi stones were first discovered in Japan in the late 1800's in Neodani Gifu prefecture. The site has now been declared of national importance in Japan and further mining of these stones is no longer permitted , which has made the Japanese source of these stones now very rare. 
Judging from the quality of the polishing (hand polished) and the age of the stand I estimate this stone dates from pre 1950.
 

The Chrysanthemum sits 11cm high in its stand x 11.5cm wide 

 
 

It has been in the same collection of nearly 70 years

The was priced at 480 but as we are selling this for the owner the price is discounted to 340 / $480

 

This is an amazing large natural Kikaseki. Beautiful flowers and excellent form 

20x19.5 cms
(7.5x7.25 inches) 

 This was 875 /$1100, but the sale price is 650 ($700) Free post in the UK and discounted price courier to America for $60

Please note the present drop of the UK GBP has made this a better price for the USD.



The front

Snow capped Peaks

Wave Stone. Like Kikaseki there are some unique Suiseki from around the globe. This is Iron Stone from Australia. A very rare  natural stone that shows waves on one side and on the other cloud formations with snow capped mountain peaks peeping through. This is a very dense Susiseki. Because of the pattern I have included this in the Kikaseki section.

9cm high x 10cm wide

 The stone was 295 but has been discounted to 185. The Daiza or stand has been carved for this Suiseki and is made from Walnut.

This is not a large Suiseki and ideal for a multiple Suiseki display or as an accent for a Bonsai.

   

Other recently exhibited Suiseki

 
  A wonderful Animal and Waterfall Suiseki

A display of Suiseki at the Salzburg Bonsai Show in 2015 by Tokonomascrolls.com and Suisekiforsale.uk...Background photographs of Japan  by Craig Cussins