Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Group of Three Seated Fishermen | 1920-1950
The earliest beginnings of aquaculture indicate that fishing has had a long history, dating as far back as 4000 years. Admittedly, China was the cradle of the beginning of aquaculture, with its coastal villages providing the growing popularity with the beautiful harvest the sea offered. However, during the early centuries, and especially before the advent of printing, the only record of the fishing industry was in the form of artwork, (paintings, woodblock prints, and pottery), in support of narratives handed down from one generation to another.
Here are three Chinese fisherman doing with they do best. Each fisherman is wonderfully glazed, and shows their age with white hair. Each has their original fishing poll with their catch of daily fish. They all have their hats, and one has a fish basket ready for use. One is smoking a pipe, and the other is relaxed, gazing off into space.
Condition: Each are in excellent shape: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. Each piece has an impressed stamp on the bottom, indicating it was made between 1890-1919. Dimensions: Vary slightly, but average around 2-1/2”w 3-3/4”h (6.3cm x 9.25cm).
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