Antique Rare 5pc Piece Stoneware Altar Set, Shiwan, China (16901BLKE) $2950


H: 15.25″    W: 24-28 ”    D: 5″ SHIPPING INFORMATION REQUIRED at: 213-568-3030

This rare apple green glazed Shiwan stoneware altar set contains its original 5 pieces. A censor is at the center, it is flanked by a pair of candlestick holders and vases are at each end. Each elegant piece has coordinated glazes, decorative and structural designs and intricate and well-proportioned features with symbolic wishes for health, wealth, longevity, a virtuous life, a natural death and the fulfillment of all of one’s wishes.


This 5-piece apple green glazed stoneware home altar set includes a central large censor flanked by rising pairs of candlestick holders and vases. These folk art ceramics were made at the Shiwan kilns in a small town near Foshan City in Guangdong Province where renowned, popular and well modeled pieces with vivid expression and colorful glazes have been made since the 17th century. The pieces are coordinated with similar decorative and structural schemes and are composed of three sections. Each piece sits on 4-legged pedestal base that becomes a bulbous orb with floral designs and vegetal sprays and the ends above in an open square or rectangular top. The central censer holds joss sticks and is fashioned after an ancient bronze vessel prototype with outward leaning handles, two decorative panels on each side and taotieh (taotie) images on the sides. Often used on bronzes, a taotie is mythical gluttonous head of an ever-devouring beast with bulging eyes and an open mouth. The censer has legs shaped like those of a lion and a lion stands atop the pierced cover for the incense. Fu lions symbolize superhuman strength, valor and energy, and pairs guard  the Buddha, Buddhism, temples, government buildings and the homes of the rich. Each piece has a similar glaze, decorative and structural designs and intricate and well-proportioned silhouettes. The vases and candle holders have designs on four sides in low relief with patterns that mirror and complement each other. The smooth background and rounded soft corners contribute to their elegance and grace. The iconography and symbols combine to be a wish to for the Five Blessings or Happinessess to enter the home or temple. Vases are a symbol of peace and as they are said to contain the elixir of life, vases symbolize the fulfillment of all of one’s wishes. This rare set can be purchased as a whole, and it priced lower than the prices of the separate components. However, you may purchase the components separately. The censor is 16901C-CLE, the candlestick holder pair is 16901CH-CEM and pair of vases is 16901V-CEM.

Additional information

Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


19-20th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht:15.25” W: 24”-28” D: 6”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 38.735cm. W: 60.96cm -71.12cm D: 15.54cm

Reference Number



Excellent, fine patina demonstrating age and use

Shipping Box Size