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Appreciating Gongshi: Part One – Early Standards and Scholar’s Rocks

Friday, April 01, 2016

During the Song dynasty, collecting Gongshi became an art form in and of itself. At that time, four attributes or standards were considered important in establishing the beauty and collectability of stones. The early standards consisted of shou, zhou, lou and tou. All are closely tied to the shapes and forms found in the evocative karst landscapes of South China....

Nature as Artist – Chinese Picture Stones

Friday, September 05, 2014

Gongshi and Picture stones represent a long history of natural artworks in China. Shaped by the forces of nature, the stones developed their unique forms, texture and color over hundreds and thousands of years. Gongshi stones have long been admired and contemplated by Chinese scholars. Picture stones are perhaps less known but no less impressive as they evoke feelings and sceneries depending on the eyes of the beholder...

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“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER