20th c. Decorative Large Shiwan Ware Lion in Brown Glaze. Measures 12"x7"x11 1/2". Weight 7 pds. PROVENANCE: A Pawleys Island SC Private Estate. Shiwan ware is Chinese pottery from kilns located in the Shiwanzhen Subdistrict of the provincial city of Foshan, near Guangzhou, Guangdong. It forms part of a larger group of wares from the coastal region known collectively as "Canton stonewares". The hilly, wooded, area provided slopes for dragon kilns to run up, and fuel for them and was near major ports. The area has been producing pottery since the Neolithic era, and over 100 kiln-sites have now been excavated, but large-scale production of a variety of wares began under the late Ming dynasty, and continues to the present. Three types of wares especially associated with Shiwan are roof tiles and architectural ornaments, and from the Qing dynasty onwards, imitations of Jun ware and popular polychrome figurines.