An unusual guan-type peach-form brush washer, China, Qing dynasty, 18th century

An unusual guan-type peach-form brush washer, China, Qing dynasty, 18th centuryEstimate $15,000 – $20,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The brush washer modeled as a large peach borne on a leafy branch at one end opposite the tip of the peach which forms a spout, covered all over with an opaque glaze of bluish-grey color that thins to mushroom color on the raised edges and continues onto the concave base surrounded by six spur marks that reveal the dark brown ware; 4 ¾ in. (12 cm.) wide

Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, before 1977.

Notes: A number of peach-form vessels potted with rounded, incurved, sides suggesting use as a water pot or a brush washer are known. Qianlong-marked examples of these include a Ge-type washer in the Beijing Palace Museum Collection, illustrated in Kangxi Yongzheng QianlongQing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 447, no. 129 (25.5 cm.); a Ru-type example illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 37 - Monochrome Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 239, no. 217; and two washers in the J. M. Hu Family Collection, sold at Sotheby's New York, 4 June 1985, lot 58 (Ru-type glaze, 25 cm. wide), and lot 59 (Guan-type glaze, 21.7 cm. wide).

CHRISTIE'S. THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH PART III - CHINESE WORKS OF ART: QING CERAMICS, GLASS AND JADE CARVINGS, 19 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.