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Creme de la Creme

Some bonsai pots are like the trees planted into them. They have a symbolic meaning, they inspire our imagination or tell us a story. They are symbols for certain landscapes. They look like meadows, forest ground or rocks. The material they were made from is the earth, they were dried by the air, the fire has hardened them and made them usable. But only the spirit brings them to life. Life seeks harmony with the universe. This harmony also shows in a good combination of tree and pot. The visual message of a tree or a pot sometimes stimulates your personal imagination.

Bonsai masterpieces in old pots are the greatest visual enjoyment of art for a bonsai enthusiast. The trees and pots in this article try to demonstrate this. The pots in nearly all possible tinges of beige have a noble patina which is also of the finest.

The following pictures need no description, they are the pure joy of bonsai and pots! 
























The following pots are from the collection of Paul Lesniewicz.











This is a precious old Chinese pot


The master's mark



This beautiful old pot was a present from Yandong Zhang from the Lotus pottery in Yixing, China



Peter Krebs


All bonsai photographs were kindly provided by BONSAI ART .

Pot photographs 1 - 13 by BONSAI ART AUCTION (1984 + 1985), Japan

Pot photographs 13 - 25 by Bernd Braun


Translation: Heike van Gunst

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