A peachbloom-glazed brush washer, tangluo xi, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1662-1722)


Lot 914. A peachbloom-glazed brush washer, tangluo xi, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1662-1722). Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016

The compressed globular body is covered on the exterior with a glaze of soft rose color suffused with pale green speckles and thinning to a pale pink tone on one side of the body. The interior and base are white. 3 ¼ in. (8.3 cm.) diam.

ProvenanceBluett & Sons, London (according to label). 
Mary Stillman Harkness (1874-1952) Collection.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accessioned in 1950.

NotesThis type of brush washer is described as being of 'gong' shape, or tangluo xi, as it has a very compressed body. Similar Kangxi peachbloom brush washers are illustrated by S. Jenyns in Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1904, pl. 7, fig. 1; by M. Beurdeley and G. Raindre, Qing Porcelain, Fribourg, 1986, pl. 98; by J. Ayers,Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, vol. III, Geneva, 1972, nos. A 306, A 309; in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 15, Tokyo, 1983, p. 34, no. 27; and in the Illustrated Catalogue of Ming and Qing Dynasty Monochromes in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1973, no. B 582. See, also, the washer of this type included in the 1978 Hong Kong Museum of Art exhibition, Ming and Ch'ing Porcelain from the Collection of the T. Y. Chao Family Foundation, no. 53. See, also, the peachbloom washer of this type from the Edward T. Chow Collection sold at Christie’s New York, 19 March 2008, lot 636.

Christie's. Collected in America: Chinese Ceramics from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1September 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza