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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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$1 Chinese Brush Holder Maker's Mark 20th C

December 3, 2016, 8:30 AM EST
Houston, TX, USA

$20 (8 bids)

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$1 Chinese Dragon Brush Washer Wanli Mark

December 3, 2016, 8:30 AM EST
Houston, TX, USA

$2 (1 bid)

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Chinese Scholars Brush Rests

December 3, 2016, 9:30 AM EST
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

$40 (starting bid)

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Chinese celadon porcelain brush stand.

December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese porcelain brush holder, Qianglong mark.

December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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Chinese green glazed porcelain brush washer.

December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Chinese Ox Horn Brush Washer w Dragon & Phoenix

December 3, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Chatham, NJ, USA

$80 (starting bid)

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Chinese Green Hetian Jade Low Relief Lucky Dragon Brush Washers

December 3, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Chatham, NJ, USA

$350 (starting bid)

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Vintage Chinese Hetian Jade Brush Washers

December 3, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Chatham, NJ, USA

$70 (starting bid)

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19th Chinese Antique Jade Brush Washer

December 3, 2016, 4:00 PM PST
La Puente, CA, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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18-19th Chinese Antique Pale Celadon Jade Brush Washer

December 3, 2016, 4:00 PM PST
La Puente, CA, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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19th Chinese Antique White Jade Washer

December 3, 2016, 4:00 PM PST
La Puente, CA, USA

$450 (starting bid)

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19th Chinese Antique Jade Brush Washer

December 3, 2016, 4:00 PM PST
La Puente, CA, USA

$600 (starting bid)

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18-19th Chinese Antique White Jade Brush Washer

December 3, 2016, 4:00 PM PST
La Puente, CA, USA

$450 (starting bid)

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19th Chinese Antique Porcelain Brush Lick

December 3, 2016, 4:00 PM PST
La Puente, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese Antique Ge Ware Porcelain Brush Washer

December 3, 2016, 4:00 PM PST
La Puente, CA, USA

$350 (starting bid)

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Chinese Antique Lavender-Glazed Porcelain Brush Washer

December 3, 2016, 4:00 PM PST
La Puente, CA, USA

$450 (starting bid)

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Chinese Jun Ware Song Style Brush Washer

December 4, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Woodbury, CT, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese Song style brush wash

December 5, 2016, 3:30 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Chinese porcelain large brush wash

December 5, 2016, 3:30 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$50 (1 bid)

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Chinese rosewood carved brush mountain

December 5, 2016, 3:30 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$30 (starting bid)

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Chinese Yixing clay brush holder

December 5, 2016, 3:30 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$30 (starting bid)

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Chinese rosewood brush mountain

December 5, 2016, 3:30 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$30 (starting bid)

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Chinese Song style footed brush wash

December 5, 2016, 3:30 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Chinese stone carved brush wash

December 5, 2016, 3:30 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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A Chinese carved and pierced ebonised wood brush rest in the form of a cypress tree, 8

December 7, 2016, 10:00 AM GMT
Dorking, United Kingdom

£5 (starting bid)

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Pair of Chinese Brush Washers

December 7, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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Chinese Jade Brush Washer

December 7, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Chinese Tree Root Brush Washer

December 7, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Chinese Famille Rose Brush Washer

December 7, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese Porcelain Sculpted Deer Brush Wash

December 7, 2016, 4:00 PM EST
Closter, NJ, USA

$80 (starting bid)

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A LARGE EARLY 20TH CENTURY CHINESE GREEN GLAZED BRUSH WASHER with crackle g

December 9, 2016, 9:30 AM GMT
Selborne, United Kingdom

£50 (starting bid)

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A CHINESE ROBINS EGG GLAZED LOBED BRUSH WASHER of naturalistic form, decora

December 9, 2016, 9:30 AM GMT
Selborne, United Kingdom

£50 (starting bid)

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A CHINESE CARVED SILVERED BRUSH WASHER AND COVER decorated in relief with d

December 9, 2016, 9:30 AM GMT
Selborne, United Kingdom

£50 (1 bid)

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Chinese celadon brush washer, Guangxu mark

December 9, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Atlanta, GA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Brush Washer

December 9, 2016, 6:00 PM EST
Toronto, ON, Canada

$50 (starting bid)

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LARGE IMPRESSIVE CHINESE CARVED ROCK CRYSTAL BRUSH WASHER 19TH CENTURY

December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Gaithersburg, MD, USA

$400 (starting bid)

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ANTIQUE CHINESE DOUCAI PORCELAIN BRUSH WASHER - XIANFENG MARK

December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Gaithersburg, MD, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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A RARE CHICKEN BLOOD GLAZED BRUSH WASHER.

December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM CST
St. Louis, MO, USA

$8,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Blue and White Brush Washer

December 10, 2016, 9:30 AM PST
Oakland, CA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Chinese Hardstone Brush Washer, Flowers

December 10, 2016, 9:30 AM PST
Oakland, CA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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Chinese Jade Carved Brush Washer

December 11, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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Chinese Ge Type Porcelain Brush Washer

December 11, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Beverly, MA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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17th/18th C. Chinese Famille Rose Brush Washer

December 11, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Beverly, MA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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Chinese Carved Bamboo Root Brush Washer

December 11, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Beverly, MA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Chinese Ge-type Square Brush Washer

December 11, 2016, 9:30 AM PST
Oakland, CA, USA

$750 (starting bid)

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Chinese Guan-type Ceramic Brush Washer

December 11, 2016, 9:30 AM PST
Oakland, CA, USA

$750 (starting bid)

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Chinese Double Gourd Form Porcelain Brush Washer

December 11, 2016, 9:30 AM PST
Oakland, CA, USA

$400 (starting bid)

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[CHINESE]THE EARLY OF TWENTY CENTRY STYLED

December 11, 2016, 11:00 AM PST
Vancouver, BC, Canada

CAD200 (starting bid)

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[CHINESE]A LATE OF NINTEEN CENTRY STYLED PORCELAIN BRUSH WASHER  W:9.25

December 11, 2016, 11:00 AM PST
Vancouver, BC, Canada

CAD200 (starting bid)

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Antique Chinese Green Crystal Brush Washer with Stand

December 11, 2016, 6:00 PM EST
Rockville, MD, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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A Chinese green glazed brush washer, height: 4 1/4 in. (11 cm)

December 15, 2016, 11:00 AM PST
Vancouver , BC, Canada

CAD200 (starting bid)

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Celadon Jade Peach-shaped Brush Washer with Monkeys, 20th C

December 16, 2016, 6:00 PM CET
New York, NY, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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Miniature Ruyi-shaped Jade Brush Washer with Lingzhi, Qing

December 16, 2016, 6:00 PM CET
New York, NY, USA

$1,500 (starting bid)

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Chinese Geyao Brush Washer

December 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$3,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Jade Brush Washer

December 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$1,500 (starting bid)

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Chinese Lungquan Yao Brush Washer

December 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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Chinese Blue and White Brush Washer

December 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$1,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Antique Blue and White Brush Washer

December 17, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$1,000 (starting bid)

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