A rare orange glass brush washer imitating realgar

A rare orange glass brush washer imitating realgar, 18th centurySold for US$ 5,000 (€4,462). Photo: Bonhams.

Of compressed globular shape tapering inward toward the wide foot and shallow recessed base, the swirling changes in color from pale yellow-orange across the base to dark orange on the interior achieved by the merging of red and yellow glass that formed the matrix. 5 1/8in (13cm) diameter

Property from the Collection of William Lillyman.

NotesFor a vase of similar striated orange and red color imitating realgar, incised with a Qianlong mark and of the period, see Claudia Brown and Donald Rabiner, The Robert H. Clague Collection: Chinese Glass of the Qing Dynasty, 1987, no. 40, pp. 40-41.

See also the imitation realgar glass brush washer of similar shape to this lot, where the yellow glass predominates in the color mix, also 18th century and originally from the Lillyman collection, sold in Bonhams, Hong Kong, sale 20960, lot 367 (13.8cm diameter). A second yellow glass brush washer of compressed globular shape similar to this lot, from the Alan E. Feen collection and also 18th century, was sold in Bonhams, Hong Kong, sale 18592, 24 November 2010, lot 205 (12.7cm diameter).

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE WORKS OF ART AND PAINTINGS, 23 Jun 2015 10:00 PDT - SAN FRANCISCO