Bijutsu Bonki!

I’ve been looking for this book set for over a year(at a reasonable price!) and this week the copies I picked up arrived. Published by the Nippon Bonsai Association in 1990 as a commemorative of an event, the two volume super deluxe set is entitled
“美術盆器:名品大成” which is “Bijutsu Bonki:Meihon Taisei”(forgive the translation if it’s incorrect!) or, in English “Beautiful Artworks of Pots and Vessels: Noteworthy Pieces of Distinction”.
These are super fantastic and really live up to their “super deluxe” billing: hard slipcovers, gold embossed cloth bindings….and they’re huge!

With hand for scale! 15″ by 11″.
The books are divided into famous pieces from China and Japan, and both contain appendices with Hanko and Rakkan from the pieces pictured throughout. Additionally, both books feature sections on famous Suiban, and Volume 2 also contains sections on noteworthy stands and tenpai.

Japanese Chops

A few Tofukuji(upper right hand corner….droool…)

Ne-Shoku(root stands)

Antique Chinese Chops

Antique Chinese Pots and a couple of pretty decent 😉 junipers that have appeared in them.
If you have a chance(and the funds!)to pick up this set, I highly recommend it. Tough to find at a reasonable price though, as one acquaintance told me a while ago, they’re “rarer than hen’s teeth”! Indeed!


About japanesepots

I've been collecting Japanese Bonsai pots for a few years, and feel that the famous, and some of the lesser known but great Japanese pot artists could do with a little more writing and exposure in English. Additionally, this blog will feature My own And others bonsai for discussion. The purpose of this blog is to further knowledge of Japanese pottery and Japanese style bonsai. If you have any questions about Japanese bonsai pottery, or would like to acquire pots by some of the potters presented in the blog, feel free to email me at
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