Stone of the Month 当月赏石 September

“Gothic Spirit”


This dynamic abstract-shaped stone from the Bergamo valleys of Lombardy region of Italy was collected and is owned by Pietro Prudentino. This dense, dark-weathered limestone with its peaks and curves is reminiscent of ancient Gothic architecture. Here it is held in a modern style wood base leaving the window open to another interpretation. This is one of the appeals of abstract stones—multiple interpretations. Abstract-shaped stones from western countries are the least understood of all the stones collected and appreciated for their aesthetic features. But, they can be among the most fascinating of all stones. Stone connoisseurs with an extensive background in Asian stones often prefer these stone to the more obvious mountain-shaped stones. This stone received a citation at the 2016 AIAS convention in Bondeno di Gonzaga, Italy.

We invite you to join us in defining the nascent practice of contemporary viewing stone display.

Announcing a New book for 2019:

Viewing Stones: Contemporary Approaches to Display

by authors Thomas Elias, Paul Harris, Richard Turner

This new book intends to serve as an exploration of the fundamentals of contemporary viewing stone display. Examples created by the authors, and contributed by invited collectors, will be used to examine the formal and conceptual aspects of contemporary viewing stone display.

Our plan is to integrate your work with ours and that of the other invited participants in a scheme that lays out the basic elements of contemporary viewing stone display, as we understand them, in a fashion that is accessible to both hobbyists and connoisseurs. Each individual voice will speak for itself.

Submission Period:  May 1, 2018 to December 1, 2018

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Classroom  课堂

Welcome to our New “Classroom!”

This section provides an opportunity to learn more about stone appreciation through the use of our new videos and published articles. The Classroom also contains useful information for stone enthusiasts starting with a Guide to Stone Markets and Shops in China and Japan. Each month, additional videos, articles and other information will be available to help people along on their path to becoming stone connoisseurs.

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Featured Article  专题

Viewing Stones of the Lombardy Region of Italy

Lombardy, an administrative region in northwestern Italy that includes Milan, is an area where many nice viewing stones are found.

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Featured Book Review 推荐书的评

All Japan Aiseki Association. 2018.

38th All Japan Aiseki Association National and the 6th Hokkaido Suiseki Federation Combined Exhibition.

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New! Contemporary Stone Showcase

This stone is from the workshop of Sakurai Toshio in Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. He is one of the few remaining artisans who enhance stones to create…

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