Item No: SF49
A Chinese imperial porcelain peachbloom brushwasher, tangluo xi, of compressed globular form, covered on the exterior with a gently mottled mushroom pink and pale crushed strawberry red glaze, mottling to slightly lighter patches with green flecks at the widest point, the interior, inner rim and base glazed white.
4 1⁄2 inches, 11.5 cm diameter at widest point.
The base with a six-character mark of Kangxi in underglaze blue and of the period, 1662-1722.
• From the T.Y. Chao Family Trust Collection no. 50.
• Included in the exhibition of Ch’ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1973, no. 10.
• Included by the Min Chiu Society in their exhibition of Monochrome Ceramics, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1977, no. 11.
• Included in the exhibition of Ming and Ch’ing from the Collection of the T.Y. Chao Family Foundation, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1978, no. 53.
• Sold by Sotheby’s Hong Kong in their auction of The T.Y. Chao Private and Family Trust Collections of Important Chinese Ceramics and Jade Carvings: Part II, 19th May 1987, no. 292, purchased by Marchant.
• Formerly in a European Private Collection.
• A similar example, formerly in the collection of Emily Norwood Trevor, was included by Marchant in their Recent Acquisitions catalogue 2008, no. 29, p. 68-9; a further example, from the collection of Professor Edward T. Hall, was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Imperial Porcelain of Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong, 1996, no. 4, p. 16.
• A bright peachbloom example formerly in the collection of Edward T. Chow was included by Marchant in their Recent Acquisitions catalogue 2009, no. 30, pp. 52-3.
• This type of brushwasher is known as tangluo xi as its compressed globular form can be compared to a gong. The form belongs to the group of eight prescribed shapes ba da ma made for the scholars desk or the emperors writing table. A complete set in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, is illustrated by Sue Valenstein, in The Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, p. 237.