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    Circular porcelain brush-washer. Covered with warm copper-red glaze with slight green shading on one side. White inside, with clear pitted glaze on base and inscription.

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    • 1662-1722
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    • Height: 37 millimetres
    • Diameter: 121 millimetres
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        Kangxi mark and period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF B582

    Brush washer with ‘peach-bloom’ glaze

    This innovative glaze was technically challenging. Potters covered the vase with a layer of clear glaze, followed by a layer of copper-rich pigment, possibly blown on, and added further layers of clear glaze on top. When fired in a reducing atmosphere, this sandwiched colour developed into soft mottled red and pink with flecks of moss-green. Western writers describe this glaze as ‘peach bloom’, likening its soft dappled tones to the greenish-yellow, pink and red skin of a peach, but Chinese connoisseurs call it 豇豆红 (jiangdou hong ‘ cowpea-red‘). It was applied to a limited number of forms, mostly small vases and writing utensils and was only used for a short period in the Kangxi reign. On the base it carries an underglaze blue Kangxi mark.

    Porcelain with copper-red glaze and underglaze cobalt-blue mark
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, AD 1662–1722


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.56, no.B582 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.57, no.B582 bibliographic details
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    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

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Circular porcelain brush-washer. Covered with warm copper-red glaze with slight green shading on one side. White inside, with clear pitted glaze on base and inscription.

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