An oven or furnace-like enclosure with high temperatures for drying, heating or firing clay to make it hard and strong for long-time use and produce chemical changes to transform clay objects into tiles, bricks and ceramics/ terracotta/earthenware objects and with higher temperatures and clay additives, stoneware and porcelains. Famous kiln sites used for objects on our site include in China- Shiwan and Yixing; Thailand- Sawankholok, Si Sachanalai, and Japan – Kiyomizu.

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  • Antique Garden Stool with Framed Panels, China


    This stunning antique garden stool has parallel ridges surrounding its body and is a fine and rare piece. Hand thrown with a thick high-fired stable body, it has six framed panels with historic and symbolic images against a white background focusing on the finely made and intricate designs surrounded by rich cobalt blue. Most garden stools were made in a drum or barrel shape, far fewer were hexagonal and fewer still had auspicious objects and poems framed within the panels. This fine piece was created for the garden of a rich family, as cobalt was highly prized and expensive used in sparing amounts unless bound for an an important client. This unique piece has not only outstanding rendered panels, but the objects represented there were included to provide a flow of blessings, good wishes, energy and good fortune to those using it.


  • Antique Garden Stool with Pierce-work Designs, China


    This magnificent  glazed stoneware garden stool was owned by a wealthy family that is reflected in its complex pierce-work and its use of cobalt blue, a prized mineral color normally used very sparingly. Its strong hexagonal walls are decorated with registers of varied heights running vertically up the sides and divided by horizontal cobalt blue lines surrounding the stool. The designs depicted here – narcissus flowers, double lozenges and the octagonal shapes below are all Chinese auspicious symbols, homophones, and visual puns laden with meaning and wishes for continual good fortune, prosperity and wealth and the protective casting out of demons for the family to reach their goals and wishes for a good life. This pairs well with garden stool 16779.


  • Antique Glazed Garden Stool, Coin/Taotie Designs, China


    Fashioned in a traditional drum/barrel shape, this unusual and ornately decorated antique garden stool is covered with auspicious symbols, and the positive energy from them is believed to be absorbed by the lucky individual who sits on them. Highlighted with pierced decorations and circular reliefs the upper borders of the body of this beautiful stoneware stool is covered with four bands of apple green, white, brown and cobalt blue – an expensive and infrequently used pigment.  The bottom portion is covered in a mustard yellow glaze with pierced and relief images of double coins, tao tieh, and florals.


  • Antique Large Sawankhalok Stoneware Lidded Bowl, Thailand


    This finely designed 14/15th century globular stoneware box resting on a short foot has an olive-brown glazed lotus bud handle surrounded by radiating radiating olive-brown and lightly glazed petals above a band of geometric shapes. The body is lyrically ornamented with an intricate scroll of white and light glazed and incised colored branches and florals on an olive-brown glaze background. Its fine appearance is a result of the unusual lovely olive-brown surface with a glaze applied sparsely in some areas and thicker in others to offset thevegetal scrolls.


  • Antique Sawankhalok Glazed Stoneware Lidded Bowl, Thailand


    This 14/15th century Sawankhalok glazed stoneware lidded jar rests on a solid well-cut foot. The lid’s center has a lotus bud handle with a surrounding linear medallion on the top. Alternating panels with underglaze brown crosshatching and vegetal scrolls beginning on the lid and continuing below on the body with each panel separated by a series of vertical and circular lines.


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    Antique Shiwan Ceramic Tea Pourer, China


    This very attractive antique green glazed teapot is typical of the stoneware pottery made in the Shiwan kilns in Guangdong during the 18-19th century. This hexagonal pot is finely designed with deep crevices at the joint of each facet, a  small curved spout and small round lid with fitted stopper, and a yoked rounded handle with spiral decorations that add a delightful touch.


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    Antique Shiwan Glazed Stoneware Opium Pillow, China


    Shiwan stoneware pillows were widely used for smoking opium as their cool shell cradled the users heads and necks and offset the warmth of smoking and the hollow inside could store valuables. This simple pillow is five-sided with an open bottom and a slanting top to make it more comfortable and we have another which can be paired with it. The coin on the side with a diamond-shaped center and wonderful green streaks throughout the glaze covering the outside while the inside is left unglazed it is typical of Shiwan ware. If a candle is placed inside it emits an amazing shadowy form of a coin, which appealed to those in an opium state.


  • Antique Shiwan Lotus and Frog Wall Pocket, China


    Wall pockets remain a very common decorative element in Asian homes. In China, they are used to hold chopsticks and flowers to bring good fortune to a space where the family gathers. This charming, finely made and unique vintage Shiwan pocket is a frog seated on a lotus. The lotus and frog share similar and symbiotic traits. Both are aquatic organisms, as frogs find shelter under the lotus leaves while the frog helps nourish the plant’s root and both symbolize transformation. In Buddhist beliefs, both move between watery environments representing the subconscious and land which symbolizes the conscious or material world. With a hole in the back for hanging on a wall, this wall pocket is great addition to enhance a kitchen’s  coziness and feng shui and is a wonderful wedding gift.

  • Antique/Vintage Porcelain Immortal, Chinese Republic


    This elegant Chinese Republic Period porcelain figure is the Taoist immortal Han Xiangzi carrying his auspicious flute dressed in a beautiful blue robe with wide black borders, fine internal decorations and a decorative yellow floral undergarment. This piece is in excellent condition and contains the stamp of the kiln where it was produced on the bottom. As the patron saint of musicians and florists, this piece would be a great gift for someone who enjoys music or arranging flowers to beautify their home.

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