H:2.7 D:4.1 inches The shape of this water pot is small but full and plump. The lines are natural and smooth. Celadon glaze is applied over the whole body, the texture is sleek and even; the color is gentle and elegant. It is classy to place it on table or just hold it on hands to appreciate it. The ring foot reveals an un-glazed circle of white and fine kaolin at the bottom of water pot. The strokes of characters are strong but graceful.
Greenish glaze was the earliest glaze type that appeared in the history of Chinese porcelain. This traditional color emerged in East Han Dynasty and had continued to Qing Dynasty. Jingdezhen in Qing Dynasty had inherited the fine craftsmanship from Longquan ware, and had burned different tones of greenish-glazed porcelain. Until Yougzheng Period, the skill of burning porcelain had reached to a stable and even level. Artisans could control the color as they wished. Depend on the tones of the greenish glaze, the darkest is called Bean Green, the following color is Ilex Green, and the lightest color is Pink Green. Liu Chen assessed the color of porcelain in Tao Ya,â€ Bean Green, Ilex Green, Tea Power Green, and Crab Green, each of the color has its feature and is incomparable. This 'apple' water pot is applied with bean-green glaze and remains the style of Kang Kiln. It also shows a jade-like texture. The simple shape and pure color reveal a luxury and grace sense. 'Apple' water pot was first burned in Kangxi Period, and was one of the 'Eight Stationeries' that were innovated in Kangxi Kiln. In Qianlong Period, the shape and the glaze colors evolved. The bean-green glaze on the surface of water pot made it more delicate and valuable. Between the apple water pots that are still available nowadays, cowpea-red, underglaze-red, and sky-blue-glaze are more common than this bean-green glaze and thus made this water pot more valuable.