Condition: Excellent

Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Commoners Drinking Tea | 1920-1944

During the Qing Dynasty tea shops and outdoor meeting places, becoming popular entertainment centers. Their popularity still exists throughout China. During the Spring and Autumn period, people eat fresh tea leaves as vegetables, and the popularization of Buddhism from the Three Kingdoms to the Northern and Southern Dynasties, that’s refreshing custom made it a favorite among monks and commoners alike.

Here we see two elderly gentlemen sitting, talking, and drinking tea. One is wearing a robe of blue robe trimmed in yellow ochre, and the other gentleman is wearing a robe of green, trimmed in blue. Both have teacups siting on the table with a blue-glazed teapot sitting nearby to fill them as needed. The faces and hands are unglazed with the exception of white hair and beards, which are white.

Condition: excellent: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. The piece has an impressed stamp, “MADE IN CHINA”, on the bottom, indicating it was made between 1920-1944. Dimensions: 5-1/4”w x 6-1/4”h (13.3cm x 14.3cm).

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