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Post  Bonsai1081 on Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:53 pm

Please help me identify this viewing stone I bought at an antiques show.

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Post  David Brunner on Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:54 pm

Hello Bonsai1081,

By asking "help me identify" do you mean the type of stone, the style of viewing stone, the origin of the stone, or other? Thanks! And please know that I know the answer to none of these - but there are many here that will know so I am just trying to help clarify your question.

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Post  Bonsai1081 on Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:10 am

I'm pretty certain that it's turquoise and that's about all I know about it. So yes, I'm curious as to how old it might be, where it's from, the artist who made it and maybe even a rough estimate of its value. Also if anyone has seen a turquoise viewing stone like this before? I've scouward the Internet looking for another turquoise viewing stone that's comparable to the one I have to have some idea of its worth at least and I've found nothing on the market for sale. Anything anybody could tell me about this would be awesome!!!

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Post  Bonsai1081 on Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:30 am

Thank you David for your help!

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Post  Kev Bailey on Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:16 pm

It could be turquoise but it looks very different to all of the turquoise images that I have seen here https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=raw+turquoise&client=firefox-b&tbm=isch&imgil=0Uno_Q6T3zHpFM%253A%253BHNlI31iTrRqgjM%253Bhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.pinterest.com%25252Fpin%25252F381539399658945612%25252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=0Uno_Q6T3zHpFM%253A%252CHNlI31iTrRqgjM%252C_&usg=__gPWx5rhRKKmLwso4IZ5LZHoyLO0%3D&biw=1920&bih=916&ved=0ahUKEwiWy76P-JzRAhVQOFAKHc6-ACsQyjcIUw&ei=99tmWNbzJ9DwwALO_YLYAg#imgrc=0Uno_Q6T3zHpFM%3A

Greater magnification may help but even that would not allow us to value it, age it or identify the artist who caved the daiza. The latter does have the appearance of being Chinese and modern though.

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Post  Chris Cochrane on Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:00 pm

I missed seeing your stone when first posted.  It looks like turquoise seen elsewhere to me, though I am not a geologist.  Kevin notes that the fitted wood seat (Ch. shizuo "wood seat") looks to be modern Chinese.  The stone is of the modern style in China (Ch. shangshi) though the stand is of traditional style often associated with Chinese scholar rocks (a.k.a. gongshi).

The design of the wood seat is of exceptional quality.  Does it fits the stone closely?  

Ethereal beauty of the blue color emerging from the stone's dark unpolished matrix suggests deep time as the origin of nature's delight.


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Post  Bonsai1081 on Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:08 pm

Thank you Chris for taking the time to reply to my post! Smile Yes the stand fits it perfectly!

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