Antique Shiwan Ceramic Wall Pocket Double Chopsticks Holder, Shiwan, China (19325A-GHK) $185


H: 7.125″  W:  8.375″  D: 3.75″  |  FREE SHIPPING in continental u.s.!

This Shiwan green  chopsticks holder is divided into two parts with holes on top for hanging and small holes on the bottom for drainage. Chopsticks were often wedding gifts from mothers to daughters with many auspicious wishes: phrases for sons as soon as possible, upside down bats with coins and ribbon meaning “blessings in front of your eyes,”  and border clouds and thunder symbolizing life-giving rain and abundance.


Shiwan stoneware wall-pocket “vases” were used to hold functional items like flowers and chopsticks and were in most Chinese homes by the late Qing Dynasty. Chopsticks holders were symbols for fertility and traditionally part of a dowry as the word for chopsticks (kuizi) is a pun for ‘speedy arrival of sons’ Perhaps having a two-part holder with a center divide and interlocking coins (lianqianwen) which symbolizes wealth is a double wish or meant for a larger family. The front is centered by 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 shui. The meander pattern border called clouds and thunder symbolizes life-giving rain and abundance. Decorative, utilitarian every day folk-art 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, although they still remain quite reasonable for a unique and fine form of folk art.  Shiwan chopsticks holders are wonderful kitchen accessories, wall-art and unique wedding gifts. It is in excellent condition with surface fading consistent with age and use.

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

Fredrikke S. Scollard and Terese Tse Bartholomew, Shiwan Ceramics: Beauty, Color and Passion, San Francisco, The Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco, 1994. (p. 41)



Additional information

Weight 9 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 6 in
Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


Early 20th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 7.12” W: 8.37” D: 3.75”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 18.08cm W: 21.25cm D: 9.52cm


3 lb 7 oz


Excellent, age appropriate signs of wear

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