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Chinese Brush Washers

Chinese brush washers were created simultaneously alongside the emergence of calligraphic and ink painting practices in early China. Brush washers are essential tools for painters and calligraphers, used to remove excess ink from a paintbrush while painting or after the painting is completed.

The Chinese certainly did not miss the opportunity to make this tool into a beautiful art object. A common shape for brush washers, particularly those made of jade, is a lotus leaf or blossom. The lotus is symbolically relevant in that the lotus emerges from mud and muck in a magnificent untarnished bloom. Similarly, a brush would ideally emerge from the brush washer pure as well.

Other brush washers are formed into various blossom shapes, circular round silhouettes, or taller cylindrical... Read more

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Chinese Ru Yao White Glazed Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$3,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Ru Yao Tripod Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$1,200 (starting bid)

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Chinese Ru Yao Tripod Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$1,500 (starting bid)

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Chinese Ru Yao Sky Blue Glazed Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$3,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Guan Yao Tripod Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$1,800 (starting bid)

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Chinese Guan Yao Rim Tripod Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$2,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Guan Yao Rim Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$1,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Guan Yao Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$1,500 (starting bid)

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Chinese Guan Yao Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$1,500 (starting bid)

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Chinese Jun Yao Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$800 (starting bid)

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Chinese Jun Yao Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$8,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Jun Yao Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$2,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Jun Yao Red Glazed Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$1,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Blue and White Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$700 (starting bid)

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Chinese Turquoise Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$1,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Dou Cai Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 6:00 AM PST
New York, NY, USA

$1,500 (starting bid)

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Chinese Ru Ware Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Queens, NY, USA

$600 (starting bid)

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Celadon Glazed Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Queens, NY, USA

$800 (starting bid)

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Chinese Peacock Blue Glazed Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Queens, NY, USA

$1,300 (starting bid)

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A Well Craved Jade Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Queens, NY, USA

$2,000 (starting bid)

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OLD Chinese White Jade PenBrush Washer,  8.1 cm x 2 cm x 6 cm

March 25, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Gaithersburg, MD, USA

$350 (starting bid)

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Chinese Ge Ware Porcelain Brush Washer.

March 25, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Gaithersburg, MD, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Vintage Chinese Hetian Jade Inlay Gold Wire Fortune Dragon Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 1:00 PM EST
Chatham, NJ, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Blue and white & color porcelain brush washer of Ming Dynasty JiaJing mark.

March 25, 2017, 10:00 AM PST
PASADENA, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Vintage Chinese Ox Horn Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 1:00 PM EST
Chatham, NJ, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Chinese Gilt Gold Blue And White Porcelain Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 1:00 PM EST
Chatham, NJ, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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TURQUOISE BRUSHWASHER; QING DYNASTY (1644-1912)

March 25, 2017, 11:00 AM PST
Pasadena, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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TEA GLAZE BRUSHWASHER; QING DYNASTY (1644-1912)

March 25, 2017, 11:00 AM PST
Pasadena, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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WHITE GLAZED BRUSHWASHER; QING DYNASTY (1644-1912)

March 25, 2017, 11:00 AM PST
Pasadena, CA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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PEACH GLAZE BRUSHWASHER; QING DYNASTY (1645-1912)

March 25, 2017, 11:00 AM PST
Pasadena, CA, USA

$1,200 (starting bid)

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Carved Jade Or Hardstone Brush Washer

March 25, 2017, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Chinese Spinach Jade Carved Washer w/ Stand

March 26, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$2,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Jade Carved Brush Washer w/ Base

March 26, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$1,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Agate Brush Washer - 19th C.

March 26, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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Chinese Blue/White Celadon Porcelain Washer

March 26, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$750 (starting bid)

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19th C. Chinese Bamboo Carved Foshou Washer

March 26, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$250 (starting bid)

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Chinese Agate Carved Washer

March 26, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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Chinese Famille Rose Floral Brush Washer, Marked

March 26, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$1,200 (starting bid)

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Chinese Red Glazed Porcelain Brush Washer

March 26, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Chinese Celadon Glazed Hexagonal Brush Washer

March 26, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$1,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Green Glazed Porcelain Brush Washer

March 26, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$1,000 (starting bid)

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2 Pieces of Chinese Blue/White Porcelain Washer

March 26, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Chinese Light Gray Glazed Brush Washer

March 26, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Beverly, MA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Brush Washer

March 26, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Beverly, MA, USA

$150 (1 bid)

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Antique Chinese Green Crystal Brush Washer with Stand

March 26, 2017, 6:00 PM EST
Rockville, MD, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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CHINESE WHITE JADE LOTUS BRUSH WASHER

March 27, 2017, 6:00 PM EST
West Palm Beach, FL, USA

$3,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese porcelain washer, celadon glazed, decorated & marked

March 30, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Commack, NY, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Blue Glazed Brush Washer

March 31, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Richmond Hill, ON, Canada

$50 (starting bid)

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Blue And White Glazed Flower Brush Washer

March 31, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Richmond Hill, ON, Canada

$100 (starting bid)

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20thC Cloisonn Goat Shape Designed Decoration

March 31, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Richmond Hill, ON, Canada

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese lotus blossom brush washer, 4.5

March 31, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Atlanta, GA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Chinese Guan-Type Brush Washer

April 1, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$1,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Guan Yao Brush Washer

April 1, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$3,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Oxblood Brush Washer

April 1, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$2,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Lungquan Yao Brush Washer

April 1, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$1,000 (starting bid)

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Three Chinese Carved Jade Brush Washers 3-5/8 inches wide (9.2 cm) (widest)   Th

April 2, 2017, 12:00 PM CST
Dallas, TX, USA

$750 (starting bid)

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A Chinese Celadon Geyao Brush Washer, Song Dynasty, circa 960-1279 1-1/2 inches

April 2, 2017, 12:00 PM CST
Dallas, TX, USA

$1,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese wucai brush wash

April 3, 2017, 3:30 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$30 (starting bid)

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PORCELAIN IRON RED GLAZED BRUSH WASH - Chinese

April 8, 2017, 3:00 PM PST
Seattle, WA, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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CHINESE PORCELAIN BRUSH WASHER - Circular with calligraphy around the outer perimeter

April 8, 2017, 3:00 PM PST
Seattle, WA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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