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brush-washer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,C.603

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 61 millimetres
    • Width: 122 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on top
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        細 傳 香玉液高 唱白雲詞
      • Inscription Transliteration

        xi chuan yu ye gao chang bai yun ci
      • Inscription Translation

        Gently tip the perfume out into the perfect night and declaim the White Cloud poem
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF C603

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2004 p.100, no.C603 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.36, no.75 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 pp 73-74, no.C603 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case44/sh4

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    4 March 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Examine more closely consolidate where neccessary and clean.

    Condition

    When examined under the microscope it is clear that the silver lining has been previously consolidated and is overlapping in some areas.

    Treatment details

    Toned down some of the old consolidant with acetone swabs. Renumbered the cup using Rotring ink.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Medley 1976 records: From the Eumorfopoulos Collection. PDF card: Acquired Sotheby 1940 lot 241, via Norton £95. G. Eumorfopoulos Collection

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,C.603

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.

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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