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brush-washer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.75

  • Description

    Guan-type stoneware brush-washer in the form of half a peach with twig handle and two feet. The brush-washer has thick, greyish-green glaze with wide irregular crackle. There are six round spur marks on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC-19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 62 millimetres
    • Width: 105 millimetres
    • Depth: 131 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 75

    Brush washer in the form of a halved peach


    The dark body and celadon glaze of this brush-washer imitates guan (official) wares of the Southern Song dynasty. Dark clays were used at Jingdezhen in the eighteenth century to create imitations of earlier dark-bodied wares but potters also applied brown washes to the exposed white porcelain body to recreate the紫口鐵足(zikou tiezu ‘purple mouth and iron foot’) of original guan wares made at Hangzhou


    Stoneware with crackled celadon glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 76, pl. LXXV(b) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.20, no.75, pl.VIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.44, no.75 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.45, no.101 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc50/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the W.C. Alexander Collection. Purchased by Sir Percival David from Bluett & Sons on 7th May 1931. Listed in Bluett & Sons Sales Day Book (SDB) vol. 13, p.317, Lot 86. £120. Purchased by Bluett's at Sotheby's 6th May 1931 - William Cleverly Alexander Sale.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.75

Guan-type stoneware brush-washer in the form of half a peach with twig handle and two feet. The brush-washer has thick, greyish-green glaze with wide irregular crackle. There are six round spur marks on the base.

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