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Brush Washer with Dragons
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Brush Washer with Dragons

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Description This brush washer sits low on a round foot-rim, bulging around its middle and then narrowing to create a round open mouth. The sides of the washer are painted with underglaze cobalt blue depicting a scaly four clawed dragon on a white porcelain body. The mythical beast, eyes aflame, issues tendrils of fire as it pursues jewels amid the clouds. Below the dragon, along the foot of the washer, waves swell and spew sprays of water. Outline and wash application of pigment is employed to provide varied shades of blue, creating a contrast between the rich outlines and the softer fill.
  • Centennial Exhibition Philadelphia. Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, Philadelphia. 1876.
Provenance Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1876; purchased by William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1876; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Mark] Spurious reign mark of Chenghua (1464-1487)
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1876

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early 18th century
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
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H: 1 15/16 × Diam: 3 1/8 in. (4.9 × 7.9 cm)
  • China (Place of Origin)
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