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A blanc-de-Chine crab-shaped water dropper. Dehua. 17th/18th centuryEstimate € 6.000 – €8.000. Sold for € 11.160. Photo Lempertz

A blanc-de-Chine crab-shaped water dropper, modelled as a crab on a lotus leaf, with a circular aperture on its back, and a short spout emerging from under the leaf, covered overall with a milky white glaze. Two tiny glaze chips. Dehua. 17th/18th century. Wooden Stand. Height 4.1 cm; length 14.7 cm

Provenance: Collection Annelotte Elbrecht (1924-2013)

Literature: Compare almost identical water droppers in: P.J. Donnelly, Blanc de Chine, London, 1969, Pl. 32 B; Robert H. Blumfield, Blanc de Chine, The great Porcelain of Dehua, Hong Kong, 2002, p. 28; John Ayers, Blanc de Chine, Divine Images in Porcelain, New York, 2002, p. 56

Lempertz. 05.12.2014, 14:00 Asian Art | Cologne