Two famille verte biscuit porcelain water droppers
Kangxi period, 1662–1722, China
清康熙, 1662-1722AD, 中國
Height: 6.5 cm, 2.6 inches
The water droppers are modelled in the form of cupped lotus leaves that act as reservoirs. Each of their knobbly hollow stalks rises up against the body of a floating duck that is attached to the leaf; water passes through the stems – to control the water flow as it is dropped onto ink. The mandarin ducks are glazed on the ‘biscuit’ in a combination of brown, yellow, and green (known as ‘egg and spinach’); their beaks are left unglazed, and the lotus leaves glazed green on the exterior – with one yellow, the other green on the interior.