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brush-washer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.102

  • Description

    Porcelain brush-washer in shape of half aubergine cut lengthwise, with applied stem at narrow end, and carved wooden stand. The mouthrim was bound with copper at one point. The brush-washer has a 'soft paste' body and crackled yellowish glaze. There are scrolling chrysanthemums incised on the interior, and leaf sprays on the stem. The rim is unglazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 87 millimetres
    • Width: 148 millimetres
    • Depth: 110 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A102

    Brush washer in the form of a halved peach


    Potters in the late Ming and Qing dynasties made copies of Ding wares at Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, Zhangzhou in Fujian province and in other southern kilns. This brush washer in the form of a halved peach is chalky white or ‘rice–coloured’ and potters covered it either with a white slip and a thin transparent glaze with a yellowish cast that crackled during the cooling process or with an opaque white glaze. Connoisseurs once called this type of ceramic 土定 (tu ding ‘earthen Ding ware’). Inside it is incised with a flower scroll.


    Underfired porcelain, incised and with transparent crackled glaze
    Zhangzhou ware 漳州窯
    Zhangzhou, Fujian province 福建省, 漳州
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1980 p.28, no.79 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case11/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.102

Porcelain Brush-washer in shape of half aubergine cut lengthwise, with applied stem at narrow end. 'Soft paste' body covered with crackled yellowish glaze. Incised decoration of scrolling chrysanthemums on the interior, and leaf sprays on the stem. Rim unglazed, and was bound with copper at one point. The piece has its own carved wooden stand.

Porcelain Brush-washer in shape of half aubergine cut lengthwise, with applied stem at narrow end. 'Soft paste' body covered with crackled yellowish glaze. Incised decoration of scrolling chrysanthemums on the interior, and leaf sprays on the stem. Rim unglazed, and was bound with copper at one point. The piece has its own carved wooden stand.

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