QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736–1795)
The ink palette is moulded in the shape of two overlapping three-pronged leaves, the largest with a shallow well facing up, while the other faces down to expose its veins. It is covered in a clear, gently crackled celadon glaze and fired on six ring spurs.
A similar, unmarked porcelain ink palette in the form of a leaf from the Palace Museum was exhibited In the Macau Museum of Art and is published in Eternal Knowledge: Imperial Books, Art Works and Culture of the Qing, Macao, 2007, p. 445, Catalogue no. 136.
Similar examples of leaf-shaped palettes in other materials such as in jade and enamelled copper are published in the National Palace Museum’s book Treasures from the Scholar’s Studio 國立故宮博物院文房聚英, Kyoto, 1992, p. 145, Catalogue No’s. 114-117.