Condition: Excellent

Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Commoner with Flowers | 1890-1919

Shown is a small, beautiful mud figure of a commoner offering a simple container of flowers. The rare figure has layered tones, of well-defined coloring and glaze effects, and which was the biggest achievement of the Shiwan potters. They were skilled in imitating the various ancient monochrome glazes throughout the period. Her robe is a treatment of mixed-colored glazes, simply mottled in white and brown tones, (common people could only wear cloth made of linen.

She is wearing the standard shoes of the period, which peep out of her blue trousers or women’s leggings. Woman’s pants always been an interesting facet of the Chinese culture. Her hair is in the style commoners mostly wore, which is referred to as “fork-shaped” buds. The detail that is quite wonderful is her hands and perfectly detailed fingers.

Condition: Excellent: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. This piece has an unidentified ink artist signature, and has the impressed seal, “CHINA” on the bottom indicating it was made between 1890-1919. After that time, the mark changed. Dimensions: 2-0”w x 6-0””h (5.8cm x 15.2cm).

Additional Information: 

Please refer to our Discovery section for historical information on Shiwan Ceramics | Mud Figures, and our Book section, for out- o-print books for sale on the subject.


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