Brush-washer in the form of a whole lychee attached to a half lychee with applied leaves. Pierced openwork on the top of the lychee with rectangular panel at the centre with pierced characters. Raised dots on the sides of both lychees. Underglaze blue stem. Remains of a silver lining on the half lychee.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 61 millimetres
- Width: 122 millimetres
Inscription Positionon top
Inscription Content細 傳 香玉液高 唱白雲詞
Inscription Transliterationxi chuan yu ye gao chang bai yun ci
Inscription TranslationGently tip the perfume out into the perfect night and declaim the White Cloud poem
Published PDF date : Ming late 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Brush-washer and water porer in the form of a lychee
Potters made this delicate brush washer in the form of a lychee attached to a halved lychee with applied leaves and stalk. The top of the lychee is pierced and has a rectangular panel at the centre with Chinese characters. These have been read 細 傳 香玉液高 唱白雲詞 (xi chuan yu ye gao chang bai yun ci 'Gently tip the perfume out into the perfect night and declaim the White Cloud poem'). Water could be poured through the openwork in the top and poured out through the spout to mix with solid ink. The silver liner lined the halved lychee for washing calligraphy brushes.
Porcelain with openwork, underglaze cobalt-blue decoration and silver liner
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, about AD 1573–1620
4 March 2009
Reason for treatment
Examine more closely consolidate where neccessary and clean.
When examined under the microscope it is clear that the silver lining has been previously consolidated and is overlapping in some areas.
Toned down some of the old consolidant with acetone swabs. Renumbered the cup using Rotring ink.
Medley 1976 records: From the Eumorfopoulos Collection. PDF card: Acquired Sotheby 1940 lot 241, via Norton £95. G. Eumorfopoulos Collection
Perfume holder in the form of a whole lychee attached to a half lychee with applied leaves. Pierced openwork on the top of the lychee with rectangular panel at the centre with pierced characters. Raised dots on the sides of both lychees. Underglaze blue stem. Remains of a silver lining on the half lychee.
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