A Chinese viewing stone for the scholars desk. This one is made of pure quartzite and resembles a group of ice boulders piled up – perhaps like the end of a glacier. The stone measures 6” wide by 4 ½” high by 3 ¾” deep and is mounted on a nicely fitted wooden stand with legs. We believe this one dates from the late 19th to early 20th century.
Chinese scholars' rocks, also known as scholar stones or viewing stones, are small shaped or naturally-occurring rocks appreciated by Chinese scholars from the Song dynasty onwards. They influenced the development of Korean stone art, Japanese Suiseki and Confucian idealism; and were an important part of Confucian art.
Stone and rock formations are natural no artificial carvings at all. However they are frequently enhanced to bring out their color. All the colors of the rainbow are possible - colors should contrast each other. They can be colorful or very usually in stone color. Some times patterns form natural paintings of wonder. These natural marks can look like anything in world from nature to the abstract.
The size of a stone can be big and weigh hundreds of pounds or it can be less than a pound. The stone should have subtle color, subtle shape, subtle markings and patterns. It can look like landscape, like an animal, a person, etc. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It should look beautiful in texture, color, and shape. The stone should also be unique for its characteristics. The stone should not feel too dry. A stone might remind people of something. Or the stone might convey some spirit, which makes people feel or moves them in some way. The stone should be set stable on something nice like a rosewood pedestal, which has been carved specifically for the stone.