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water-dropper

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.694

  • Description

    Porcelain water-dropper in form of an aubergine with stem-shaped spout with relief leaves. Peach-shaped opening at the top of the round end. Underglaze blue in pencilled style with a cock and hen in a reedy landscape. Naturalistic details painted on the leaves and stem.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1590-1610
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 74 millimetres
    • Width: 137 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming late 16th-early 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B694

    Aubergine-shaped kraak-style water dropper


    The water dropper is in the form of an aubergine. As demand for the court declined, Jingdezhen potters eagerly accepted orders from middle-class customers in China, as well as exporting wares to Europe and Japan. Workers mined new sources of inferior-quality clay. This clay had a less good fit with the glaze and is characterised by tiny frits (chips) where the glaze is thin. Marine archaeologists have recovered water dropper of this type from the sunken cargo of the ship the San Diego which sank in Manila Bay in 1600 A.D.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli period, about AD 1590-1610

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 151 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.72, no.B694, pl.XV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.97, no.B694 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case22/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.694

Porcelain water-dropper in form of an aubergine with stem-shaped spout with relief leaves. Peach-shaped opening at the top of the round end. Underglaze blue in pencilled style with a cock and hen in a reedy landscape. Naturalistic details painted on the leaves and stem.

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