AGE: – Unconfirmed, possibly Qing
CONSTRUCTION: – Ceramic
DESCRIPTION: – Chinese Ceramic Ink Stone Grinder Combined Brush Pot
HEIGHT: – 20cm
TOP DIAM:– 18cm
BASE DIAM: – 18cm
CIRCUMFERENCE WIDEST PART: – 67cm
WEIGHT: – 2.5 kg.
A large and not so common Chinese Ceramic Ink Stone Grinder Combined Brush Pot with Chinese characters circling the whole body. The characters are likely to be that of a famous poem with signature of the calligrapher.
The Chinese were and still are masters in the art of calligraphy. In China, calligraphy is frequently seen on many types of artworks such as ceramics, furniture, beautiful silk painted scrolls, glass snuff bottles and a myriad of other object d’art.
Literacy and writing in China was from very early times and until this time an important and scholarly tradition. Although the art of calligraphy was used in ancient times in China, it really became popular and more widespread during the Han period from 206 BC – 220 AD., which evolved and developed into a decorative art form.
The more traditional ink stone grinder is smaller and flatter and used only for grinding the ink, it is usually accompanied by a separate brush pot in which to clean the brush.
Ink traditionally used in the art of calligraphy was made from lampblack, a form of carbon similar to an extremely fine grained charcoal, achieved by burning a resinous or oil based substance in an oil lamp with a wick and collecting the resulting soot. Lampblack made in this way is long lasting and is an excellent form of medium for calligraphy and brush paintings.