Compare a similar lotus-form washer and water dropper attributed to the second quarter of the 17th century in the Rijksmuseum, illustrated in Jörg, Christiaan J A., Chinese ceramics in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam:the Ming and Qing dynasties, Amsterdam, 1997, pl. 123.
Four of the crab's legs are lost and there is a network of cracks to the leaf vessel's base. There are a few minor scattered flake losses, wear, and minor firing imperfections throughout. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.