Antique Shiwan Stoneware Wall Pocket Chopsticks Holder, China (16031A TLK)


H:  6.75″    W: 4.875 ”    D: 2.5 ”    | FREE SHIPPING!

This Shiwan chopsticks holder is covered in vivid apple-green glaze with a hole for mounting. Chopsticks are significant accessories and often included in a Chinese bride’s dowry because the word for chopsticks is a pun for “speedy arrival of sons.” It is filled with many auspicious symbols: the phrase baizi qiansun (“a hundred sons and a thousand grandsons),” a bat with coins and a ribbon (blessings in front of your eyes”) a pair of birds (conjugal fidelity) and a border pattern of clouds (abundance). This decorative container can hold utensils, dried flowers, and other objects and is a unique wedding gift.




Chopsticks holders were symbols for fertility and traditionally part of a dowry in the form of wall-pockets as the word for chopsticks (kuizi) is a Chinese pun for ‘speedy arrival of sons’. The front has an upside-down bat (fu) holding a coin surrounded by a ribbon and the combination of coins and ribbons are a rebus for “blessings in front of your eyes”. The combination of symbols with bats represents the Five Blessings or Happinesses that reflects the Chinese belief that having objects with auspicious symbols fills your home with fu and optimistic energy (chi) and strengthens feng sui. The bottom pair of birds symbolizes a state of conjugal fidelity. The meander border pattern with clouds and thunder symbolizes life-giving rain and abundance. Decorative and functional-and utilitarian every day Shiwan ware pieces are recognized for their fine modeling, vivid expression, and colorful apple-green and drip glazes. Shiwan potters mixed waste materials with local and inexpensive clay – one of the earliest artistic forms of recycling. Although overshadowed by imperial porcelain, in past decades appreciation for these wares has grown.  A similar piece is in the exhibition Shiwan Ceramics at the Chinese Cultural Foundation of San Francisco catalogue. Shiwan chopsticks holders are great kitchen-accessories, unique wedding gifts unusual wall-art and a source of positive feng shui. This is part of the VA Antique-Chinese-Ceramics-and-Pottery collection.

Click here for the Blog The Allure of Shiwan Pottery


Frederikke S. Scollard and Terese Tse Bartholomew, Shiwan Ceramics: Beauty, Color and Passion, Catalogue of the Exhibition by the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, 1994.

Terese Tse Bartholomew, Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, San Francisco, Asian Art Museum, 2006. p. 41

Additional information

Weight 7 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 6 in

Antique, Qing Dynasty


Late 19th/Early 20th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 6.75” W: 4.875" D: 2.5"

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 17.145cm W: 12.38cm D: 6.35cm


1 lb 4 oz

Reference Number



Excellent, age approrpriate signs of wear

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