A small Xingyao water-dropper with lion-shaped handle

晚唐   邢窯白瓷獅形柄注子

The water-dropper is of upright ovoid form with a short waisted neck and flared mouth into which a lion-like creature with incised features is plunging its forequarters, with the rest of its body forming the handle. The short tapered spout has a band of cog-like striations around its base. A white glaze covers the ewer, stopping two-thirds of the way down the body to reveal the very fine-grained unglazed white porcelain body. The neatly made solid foot is also unglazed.

CT Loo, New York, June 1950
Christie's, New York, 'The Falk Collection I: Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art', 16th October 2001, lot 25.  Falk Collection no. 160

'Early Chinese Miniatures', New York, China House Gallery, China Institute in America 1977, no. 122
'Kawaii Miniatures', MOA Museum Japan, 2005, no. 46l.
Priestley & Ferraro, 'Chinese and Korean Ceramics and Works of Art', 2016, no. 1.

A very similar Xing water-dropper is illustrated in Xing kiln in its Millennium, p. 149 (right), and another, excavated from the site of the Xijiao Thermo-electric Plant in Xi'an, is illustrated in the catalogue of the Istanbul exhibition, Treasures of China, p. 123. 

Dimensions: Height: 9.5 cm, 3 ¾ inches

Date: Late Tang dynasty (618-906), 9th century

Stock No. 2154

Price: On Request