A RARE JUNYAO FLOWER-FORM BRUSH WASHER
PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTION
A RARE JUNYAO FLOWER-FORM BRUSH WASHER

NORTHERN SONG-JIN DYNASTY (AD 960-1234)

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A RARE JUNYAO FLOWER-FORM BRUSH WASHER
NORTHERN SONG-JIN DYNASTY (AD 960-1234)
The washer has rounded sides molded as six petals spiraling upwards from the center to the notched rim and is set on one side below the rim with a flat barbed and lobed flange. The washer is covered inside and out with a crackled glaze of pale milky blue color that thins to mushroom on the raised areas, and also covers the base which bears the remains of five spur marks.
7 in. (19 cm.) wide with flange
Provenance
C. Edward Wells, Bridgewater, Connecticut.
Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987) Collections, by 1965.
Else Sackler (1913-2000) Collection, and thence by descent from within the family.
Exhibited
New York, Columbia University, February 1965.
Jerusalem, Israel Museum, 3500 Years of Chinese Art: Ceramics form the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 1987.

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Compare the very similar Junyao brush washer in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Chun Ware of the Sung Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1961, pls. 27, 27a, where a small loop handle can be seen under the flange. See, also, the Junyao brush washer of this type with a plain rounded rather than flower-form body, dated Northern Song-Jin dynasty, illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, pl. 494.

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