A heavy porcelain scholars ink well from an ancient time. This ink well feels so soft and worn from many years of use.
A round heavy porcelain piece with a central deep well for holding ink. The base is not glazed and you can see the fine potter’s wheel marks. There is no foot ring and the base is flat. The glaze is thick, smooth, bluish, unctuous and worn feeling. It has a shiny appearance. A dark smoky underglaze cobalt has been used to decorate the ink well. The painting is quick and rudimentary; it looks almost like modern abstract. There are applied bead rings around the upper surface outer edge as well as a ring around the base.
There are no porcelain marks or labels.
3” (7.6 cm) diameter x 1 ¼” (3.2 cm) tall. Weighs 9.3 oz (265 g)
There is a chip on the top bead edge and a chip on the base. There is wear to the bead points and to the mouth opening. There are kiln flaws like bumps, crazing, black dots, and recesses. There are light scratches on the surface from centuries of wear.
An ancient artifact to grace your décor or collection. Time has worn this piece as if it were polished. It feels soft as butter.