MFE A ‘Robin’s Egg’ small waterpot


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Early 19th century 

This small water vessel in the form of a conch shell is finely incised with overall lines and covered with a 'robin's egg' glaze, turquoise with bubble-suffused purple mottling. The inside of the shell has an opaque turquoise glaze. It is resting on an open oval foot with four apertures and glazed in a dark aubergine glaze
Height 5.5 cm

This waterpot was used to hold clean water to moisten the brush. The water is not poured but scooped out with a little ladle.

An identical water vessel from the Meiyintang Collection is illustrated by Krahl, R., Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume Two, no. 929

 

 

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