Qingbai waterdropper

I bought this waterdropper at a local dealer. It is a small 5 cm high waterdropper covered in a qingbai glaze. It is shape as a pumpkin with a stem and leaves on the top. There is a little spout, and a hole to preven it from sucking a vacuum. Waterdroppers were used on a scolars’ table to drop ink on an inkstone, and make ink. Dating this piece raised some discussion, because there are a lot of reproductions made. Lately I found a good reference on the shape from Bonham auctionhouse from the Michael Besser collection. They date the piece to the Song dynasty. There is a possibility this piece is a later copy.



The comparison with the piece from the Michael Besser collection

collection nr. 23-2014


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