Beautiful Henk Fresen Bronzes for Bonsai Display

Bobby Curttright brought by the studio a recent shipment of Henk Fresen’s wonderful bronze miniatures, and we enjoyed dreaming up what we might display with them. These are exemplary works for innovative bonsai display, such as you might see at the Taikan Ten, and of comparable quality to the bronzes that Matt Reel and I used when setting up displays in Shinji Suzuki’s tokonoma when we were apprentices there.

I was particularly taken with the reclining elk and the tree frog, although all these pieces have a subtle charm that comes from masterful hands. The toad, heron, and scorpion are exquisite as well (never thought I’d say a scorpion was exquisite, but it just happened.) Here are a few photos of them:


For more of this Dutch artist’s work, visit his homepage:

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  1. Sage Smith says:

    Amazing work from Henk!!!!! What an artist. If you don’t mind me asking, how are those priced?

  2. Rory says:

    A friend of mine has a piece done by Henk of a dragonfly. The work and details are exquisite. They are great to see in person.

  3. Lance says:

    Pretty cool. Does it come in chojubai?…

  4. j’ai plusieurs de ces miniatures, c’est un enchantement, à la maison je les expose avec mes suiseki dans le tokonoma du séjour ou les étagères de mon bureau

    bravo, bravo, bravo

    • crataegus says:

      Thank you for the comment, Google Translate I hope came close:
      ‘I have many of these miniatures, it’s a delight, at home I expose them with my suiseki in the tokonoma of the living room or the shelves of my office’

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