This vintage Chinese mudman has a charming face as he sits by his perfectly scaled pot for tea. His hat is wonderfully detailed to resemble the grasses from which it is made. His face and hands are unglazed, with his eyes merely indicated by a hole poked into the clay. He has the standard white, flowing beard and bushy eyebrows, and wears a robe of blue, trimmed in yellow/green. His white trousers and brown shoes complete the impression of this local fisherman. And finally, he sits on a wonderfully textured stump/table.
Condition: excellent: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. Pieces with an impressed stamp of “CHINA” on the bottom indicate this piece was made between 1890-1919. After that time the mark changed. Dimensions: 2-3/4”w x 4-1/2”h (6.9cm x 11.4cm).
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Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection