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Posted 1 year ago


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Hi, I got this Chinese Inkstone at an estate sale. It is very heavy weighing 11 pounds. Both the top and bottom are made out of the same material. There is no markings and was wondering what they are used for and how old it is. I am going off Inkstone from what I was told when I bought it. Thanks so much for any info.

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  1. jwendell222, 1 year ago
    Hi, outstanding inkstone! A device called a water dropper, usually made from porcelain or bronze, some of which look like little teapots, is used to drop a controlled amount of water on the stone. Then a block of solid ink, an ink stick, is applied to the water with a light grinding motion. This continues until the desired quantity and consistency of ink is produced. The stone then serves as a palette for application of the ink. The ink sticks are frequently molded with raised gold ornamentation , dragons a favorite. You should have an ink stick to go with your stone. Google 'ink stick' to learn more. Regards, Jim
  2. shrine shrine, 1 year ago
    Dear friend, it's definitely younger than you.
  3. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 1 year ago
    Lol, oh Shrine you have a way with words. I can imagine you will upset people with your frankness, maybe a good idea to back up any claims with links if possible.
  4. jwendell222, 1 year ago
    Well hi Fran, every boxed calligraphy set sold in Michaels or Hobby Lobby has a stone made of this material, but the weight runs from about five to eight ounces. An eleven pounder with this quality of high relief carving is unique in my experience and possibly older than one might think. Regards, Jim
  5. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 1 year ago
    Careful jim or your'll be giving your age away;) i think its nice new or old. Its very striking. May i ask how big it is, looks about A4 size??
  6. jwendell222, 1 year ago
    Hi Fran, I wish I could give some of my age away but Ponce didn't find the fountain. Looks like the poster has left town (lot of that going on) so we'll just have to talk to each other. A five ounce stone has a three inch diameter, half inch thick, so this stone is about thirty five times as large, that's BIG. Whatever is an A4 size?
    Best to you, Jim
  7. seatreevintage, 1 year ago
    Hi Jim and Fran (& Shrine),
    I'm back -and so appreciate all the comments on the Inkstone. Jim your explanation was so great. The spot I see on the inside of the bottom part must be from old ink? Unfortunately it did not come with any stick. Also Fran forgot to put the size, it is 10 1/4" x 7" x 2" (not counting any height of the relief). Shrine, since you don't know my age I figure you trying to tell me it is very new? : ) How old do you think it is and is there a way to date them without out any markings. Also Fran, Jim & Shrine do you know what Ironstone is? It is so heavy and afraid I may drop it when I pick it up! I purchased it at an estate along with a Chinese watercolor that I also have listed under Lost and Found trying to getting the signature's translation on the painting. Thanks again for all the help-you guys are great! Theresa
  8. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 1 year ago
    Sorry Jim i was reading the comments and thought this was yours. Sorry Theresa.
    T i wish i could help but I'd not even heard of ironstone (other than Ironstone pottery). Wish i could be more helpful. Amazingly heavy for a 10" by 7" thing. Jim A4 refers to paper sizes. A4 being approx 21cm by 30cm, the smaller the number the bigger the paper size.

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