• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 445

    A PEACHBLOOM-GLAZED BRUSH WASHER, TANGLUO XI

    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)

    Price Realised  

    A PEACHBLOOM-GLAZED BRUSH WASHER, TANGLUO XI
    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)
    Of compressed globular form, the exterior covered with a glaze of soft crushed strawberry tone thinning in areas to mushroom, with white interior and a blush of pink to the inner edge of the white rim
    4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm.) diam.


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    This type of brush washer is described as of 'gong' shape, or tangluo xi, as it has a very compressed body.
    It belongs to a group of eight vessel shapes referred to as the ba da ma, 'Eight Great Numbers', all covered in a peachbloom glaze and thought to have been devised to serve as requisite appointments for the Emperor's writing table. However, according to J. Ayers, 'The Peachbloom Wares of the Kangxi Period', TOCS, vol. 64, 1999-2000, pp. 31-50, they may have been made as presents to be presented at court. To see a similar washer within the context of a complete set, see S. Valenstein, The Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989 (rev. ed.), p. 237. See, also, the brush washer sold in these rooms, 19 March 2008, lot 636.