This figurine represents The “Drunken Poet”, Li Bai, shown here, is a popular figure, and is a beautiful example of Shiwan ware in Pomegranate glaze which is one of the most widely used colors because firing renders more color diversity. Li Bai is wearing the headware of officials, (Qing Guanmao), during the Quin Dynasty, and shown reclining on the ground, (which is a rarely shown position), leaning on his wine pot with wine cup (pu tao jiu bei) in hand. The mark, “CHINA”, on the bottom indicates this piece was made between 1890-1919, after which time the mark changed. Good details and color, no chips, repairs or crazing. Dimensions: 4 ¾w x 3”d x 3½”h (9.5cm x 7.6cm x 8.9cm).
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 government officials, acrobats, strongmen, religious figures, poets, musicians and commoners, all from the Qing Dynasty that reflected 2,000 years of imperial rule in China. The way pieces of this age are identified and dated are by the impressed mark, the mud used, and the glazing.
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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