Shiwan

Shiwan has been an important ceramic center since the Song and, unlike
imperial and large independent kilns, potters were modest craftsmen who transformed common materials into beautiful and colorful stoneware using waste materials, local coarse sand and inexpensive clay to produce daily utensils and pottery – perhaps one of the earliest artistic forms of recycling. Long “dragon kilns” from the late Ming and until 1949 were used and rarely cooled down properly to save money for upkeep resulting in uneven heating conditions that produced unique colors with tiny “sesame dot” markings that add to its unique charm. Many items produced during the late 19-early 20th century had a characteristic apple green glaze. See VA blog The Allure of Shiwan. Pottery.

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  • Antique Glazed Opium Pillow, Shiwan, China (3849A-ZHK) $235

    $235.00
    H: 7.25 ”    W: 5 ”    D: 5 ”    | FREE SHIPPING!

    This five-sided Shiwan stoneware pillow with slanted top, open bottom, vibrant glazed surface, and etched coin and  diamond design was used for smoking opium as the cool shell cradled the users’ heads and necks and offset the warmth of smoking and the hollow inside stored valuables. We have another which can be paired with it. If a candle is placed inside it emits an amazing shadowy form of a coin, which appealed to those in an opium state.

     

  • Antique Pair Glazed Stoneware Candle Holders, Shiwan, China(16901CH-CEM ) $785/pr

    $785.00
    H: 13.25″  W: 4.75″  D: 4.75 ” | Call 213-568-3030 for shipping cost

    This pair of beautiful antique apple green gazed stoneware Shiwan candle holders are part of a 5-piece home altar set. Made with rounded, elegant soft corners and having intricate designs in relief against a smooth background, this graceful pair complements the entire altar presentation while creating its own appealing well-proportioned silhouettes.

     

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  • Antique Pair Glazed Stoneware Vases, Shiwan, China (16901V-CEM) $825/Pair

    $825.00
    H: 11.75″  W: 4.75 ”  D: 4.75 ” | Call 213-568-3030 for shipping cost

    Made with rounded, elegant, soft corners and having intricate designs in relief against a smooth background, this striking and graceful pair of vases will complement the overall presentation of any home They create an appealing, well-proportioned silhouette. A vase, actual or as an image, is commonly seen in Chinese homes as a symbol of peace and safety and the fulfillment of all of one’s wishes. Vase pairs can also used as part of a 5pc altar set when their decorative and/or structural designs are in sync with the other components.

     

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

    Original price was: $2,950.00.Current price is: $2,300.00.
    H: 15.25″  W: 24-28 ”  D: 5″ | CALL 213-568-3030 FOR SHIPPING COST

    This rare 5 piece green glazed Shiwan stoneware altar set consists of a censor at the center flanked on each side by a pair of candlestick holders and vases. Each elegant piece has a coordinated glaze and decorative and structural designs with intricate, well-proportioned features to combine as a wish for symbolic wish for the fulfillment of all of one’s wishes including the 5-blessings (health, wealth, longevity, a virtuous life, a natural death).

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

    $185.00
    H: 7.125 ”  W:  8.375 ”  D: 3.75 ”  | FREE SHIPPING!

    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.

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    Antique Shiwan Offering Bowl, Peaches and Lotuses, Shiwan, China (19330A-BLE) $450 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $450.00.Current price is: $375.00.
    H: 5.5″  Dia: 6 ” | FREE SHIPPING IN CONTINENTAL u.s.!

    Shiwan stoneware fruit offerings were especially popular during the Ming and Qing dynasties when the were placed on temple or home altars to communicate and venerate ancestors, augment fresh offerings and bring auspicious blessings of fu to families presenting them. The three peaches interwoven with lotuses are associated with springtime, fertility, and especially a long healthy life for many generations. They are considered propitious gifts for birthdays, especially for the elderly.

  • Antique Shiwan Stoneware Tea Pourer, China (19445GOK), $395

    $395.00
    H: 9″. W: 8.375. D: 5.5″  | CALL/EMAIL FOR SHIPPING

    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. Finely designed, this hexagonal pot has a yoked rounded handle with spiral decorations that adds a delightful touch. The pieces are well known for their brilliant flambé—or flame-like quality – glazes such as apple green glaze of this pot.

     

  • Antique Shiwan Stoneware Wall Pocket Chopsticks Holder, China (16031A TLK) $115

    $115.00
    H:  6.75″    W: 4.875 ”    D: 2.5 ”    | FREE SHIPPING!

    Decorative every day Shiwan ware pieces are recognized for their fine craftsmanship, 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.  Shiwan chopsticks holders are unique kitchen accessories, especially as  wedding gifts.

  • Antique Stoneware Fruit Offering, Shiwan, China (19330-BLE) $375

    $375.00
    H: 8.75″  DIA: 6.75 ” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This colorful antique Shiwan stoneware food offering would have been placed on a Chinese home or temple altar to augment or in place  of a plate of stacked fresh fruit. These offerings are still made honor the family’s ancestors, communicate with deities and bring prosperity, good luck and health to the home.

  • Antique Stoneware Lotus and Frog Wall Pocket, Shiwan, China (19302JAL) $285

    $285.00
    H: 8.25”  W: 6.75”  D: 3.5” | FREE SHIPPING

    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. 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 Stoneware Wall Pocket Chopsticks Holder, Shiwan China (16966A-PAL) $115

    $115.00
    H: 7.375″    W:  5.125″    D:  2.5″    | FREE SHIPPING!

    Decorative utilitarian Shiwan ware pieces are recognized for their fine modeling, vivid expression, and colorful apple-green and drip glazes.  Chopsticks were commonly stored in wall pockets with a hole for mounting. Covered with auspicious symbols, they were often part of a bride’s dowry as “chopsticks” is a pun for “speedy arrival of sons.” It can hold utensils, dried flowers, and other objects and is a unique wedding gift.

     

  • Antique Stoneware Wall Pocket Chopsticks Holder,Shiwan, China (16966B PAL) $115

    $115.00
    H: 7.375″  W: 5.125″  D: 2.5″ | FREE SHIPPING!

    Decorative utilitarian Shiwan ware pieces are recognized for their fine modeling, vivid expression, and colorful apple-green and drip glazes.  Chopsticks were commonly stored in wall pockets with a hole for mounting. Covered with auspicious symbols, they were often part of a bride’s dowry as “chopsticks” is a pun for “speedy arrival of sons.” It can hold utensils, dried flowers, and other objects and is a unique wedding gift.

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