Square water dropper with chrysanthemum design, Blue and white porcelain
The sharp edges of this attractive water dropper capture the characteristics of the mid-Joseon dynasty.
As in the case of other vessels, the facets of water droppers in the middle period are very sharp, showing a strong awareness of form, but in the later period the sharpness of form tends to gradually fade away, perhaps due to a greater awareness of decoration.
The square water droppers, commonly known as 'tofu', are also from this period. This piece has a single wild chrysanthemum on the upper surface.
Both the style and the light colouring of the cobalt are deeply pleasing, and this water dropper is full of the charm of the Joseon dynasty ceramics favoured by the Japanese people.