Previously sold in Hong Kong, 28 April 1998, lot 751.
The peachbloom brushwasher was much prized as one of a group of eight scholar's objects, ba da ma, 'Eight Great Numbers', arranged on the emperor's writing table. Similar examples of the tangle xi are illustrated by S. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, p. 237; and in the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, Kodansha Series, Japan, 1977, vol. 11, col. pl. 28. Other examples are illustrated by S. Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1971, pl. 7, fig. 1; by M. Beurdeley, Qing Porcelain, London, 1987, pl. 98; by J. Ayers, The Baur Collection, Geneva, 1969, vol. III, no. A306; in the Illustrated Catalogue of Ming and Qing Dynasty Monochromes in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, no. B 582; in the Ming and Ch'ing Porcelain from the Collection of the T. Y. Chao Family Foundation, sold in Hong Kong, 19 May 1987, lot 292; by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994, vol. II, p. 179, pl. 820; and in The S. C. Ko. Tianminlou Collection, Hong Kong, no. 129.