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

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Lot 2958. A peachbloom-glazed brush washer, tangluo xi, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1662- 1722); 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 500,000Price realised HKD 350,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2018.

The compressed globular body is covered on the exterior with a soft rose coloured glaze with areas of greyish-green mottling. The interior and base are covered with a transparent glaze and the base is inscribed with the reign mark in underglaze blue.

This type of brush washer is described as being of gong shape, or tangluo xi, as it has a very compressed body. It belongs to a group of vessels referred to as the Badama, ‘Eight Great Numbers’. This group was previously thought to comprise a total of eight differing shapes. John Ayers identified a possible ninth form of the Badama by pointing out the existence of two slightly different globular water pots. The first is termed as a pingguo zun, ‘apple jar’ modelled with a gently inward curving mouth rim; and the other with a raised, low, neck (similar to a stalk) that maybe referred to as a Shiliuzun, or ‘pomegranate jar’. See, J. Ayers, ‘The Peachbloom Wares of the Kangxi Period (1662-1722)', Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, vol. 64, 1999-2000, p. 49.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 28 November 2018