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 scholars sitting, talking, and drinking tea. One is wearing a robe of yellow ochre, trimmed in green, with blue trousers, and the other gentleman is wearing a robe of green, trimmed in yellow ochre. Both have teacups in hand with a brown- glazed teapot sitting nearby to fill them as needed. The faces and hands are unglazed with the exception of their white hair and beards, which are white.
Condition: excellent: no chips or missing elements, repairs or crazing. The piece has an impressed stamp, “CHINA”, on the bottom, indicating it was made between 1890-1919. Dimensions: 5-1/4”w x 6-1/4”h (13.3cm x 14.3cm).
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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