One of the eight immortals, Li Tie Guai with his staff, who has a reputation for benevolence is depicted as a beggar in finely glaze soft green and brown. He is holding the Peach of Immortality. Early 20th/c. Good details and color, no chips, repairs or crazing. Dimensions: 2 ¼”w x 6”h (5.7cm x 15.2cm). This and other such pieces are identified and dated by the impressed mark, (older pieces had no marks). The piece has the impressed stamp of Huo Jin, and is marked, “CHINA”, on the bottom indicates this piece was made between 1890-1919, after which time the mark changed.
Note: This piece represents numerous small versions of sculptures and figures, such as the famous and life-like terracotta figures made during this period. Shiwan ware typically include representations of government officials, acrobats, strongmen, religious figures, poets, musicians and commoners, many from the Qing Dynasty that reflected 2,000 years of imperial rule in China.
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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