Shown is a mythological spirit of nature imagined as a beautiful maiden. This mud figure is extremely beautiful, for she is fully-glazed, with the exception of her elongated hands and face, and is seated holding a yellow basket, beautifully detailed, with a fish inside. She has a flower at the side of her hair, which flows down her back. Her robe is a multicolored glaze of green and blue; is trimmed in white, and she has a yellow ochre sash. She sits on a rock base, resumably by the sea, and there is an implied motion by one hand.
Condition: The piece discretely shows a repair on her neck. Piece has the impressed stamp, “CHINA”, on the interior, indicating this it was made between 1890-1919. After that time, the mark changed. Dimensions: 3-1/2”w x 6-1/2”h (8.8cm x 16.5cm).
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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