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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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A GOOD 19TH CENTURY CHINESE PEACH BLOOM GLAZED BRUSHWASHER

July 29, 2016, 12:00 PM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£180 (starting bid)

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A GOOD PAIR OF 19TH CENTURY CHINESE IVORY BRUSH RESTS

July 29, 2016, 12:00 PM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£360 (starting bid)

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A GOOD 19TH CENTURY CHINESE CELADON JADE BRUSHWASHER

July 29, 2016, 12:00 PM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£900 (starting bid)

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A 19TH/20TH CENTURY CHINESE GREEN JADEITE BRUSHWASHER

July 29, 2016, 12:00 PM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£120 (starting bid)

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CELADON GLAZED FLORIFORM WASHER

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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BLUE AND WHITE GREEN GLAZED WASHER

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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Carved jade brush washer, basin form with engraved detail of a wise man, 18cm w

July 30, 2016, 12:00 PM AEST
Thornleigh, Australia

AUD20 (1 bid)

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A CHINESE BROWN STAINED AND MOULDED POTTERY BRUSHW

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£20 (starting bid)

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Chinese Grisaille Porcelain Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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CHINESE JADE CARVED LOTUS LEAF BRUSH WASHER

July 30, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Brooklyn, NY, USA

$250 (starting bid)

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CHINESE FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN BRUSH WASHER

July 30, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Brooklyn, NY, USA

$4,000 (starting bid)

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A FAMILLE-ROSE PORCELAIN BRUSH WASHER

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$600 (starting bid)

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PAIR OF ZI TAN MU BAT FIGURE BRUSH WASHER

July 30, 2016, 10:30 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Large Qing Dyn Chinese Jade Calligraphy Brush Dish

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Sarasota, FL, USA

$250 (starting bid)

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Rare Chinese Blue and White

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$1,500 (starting bid)

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Lungchuan Celadon Kuan-type 'Hu

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$750 (starting bid)

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Chinese Jade Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$2,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Song Ge-Yao Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$1,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Ge-Ware Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$750 (starting bid)

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Ko-type Foliate Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$600 (1 bid)

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Chinese Turquoise Glazed Brush Rest

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Chinese Jade Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Chinese Tree Root Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Chinese Famille Rose Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Chinese Agate Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Chinese Famille Rose Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese Cloisonne Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese Hetian Jade Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Chatham, NJ, USA

$70 (starting bid)

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Chinese Hetian Jade Foot Shape Brush Washer w Spider

July 30, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Chatham, NJ, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Superb Chinese Blue And White Porcelain Big Brush Washers

July 30, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Chatham, NJ, USA

$180 (starting bid)

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Carved Jade Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Carved Jade Or Hardstone Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Carved Jade Or Hardstone Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Antique Chinese Red Glazed Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 6:00 PM EST
Rockville, MD, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Antique Chinese Ge Style Brush Washer

July 30, 2016, 6:00 PM EST
Rockville, MD, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Chinese Jade Carved Brush Washer

July 31, 2016, 11:30 AM AEDT
Woollahra, Australia

AUD2,000 (starting bid)

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Small Chinese Agate Brush Washer

July 31, 2016, 11:30 AM AEDT
Woollahra, Australia

AUD50 (starting bid)

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A Chinese Tin Brush Washer

July 31, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Deer Park, NY, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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A Chinese Enameled Brush Washer

July 31, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Deer Park, NY, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese Jade Carved Brush Washer

July 31, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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Chinese Peacock Glaze Porcelain Washer

July 31, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$1,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Blue/White Floral Brush Washer

July 31, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$2,200 (starting bid)

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Chinese Gilt Bronze Washer

July 31, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$250 (starting bid)

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Chinese Shell Design Stone Brush Wash Bixi

July 31, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Bluffton, SC, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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An Old Chinese Bronze Dragon Brush Washer, Marked Guangxu, Qing Dynasty

July 31, 2016, 10:00 AM PST
Westlake Village, CA, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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Marked Famille Rose Porcelain Brush Wash

July 31, 2016, 1:00 PM PST
Temple City, CA, USA

$700 (starting bid)

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Lu Celadon Porcelain Drum Brush Wash

July 31, 2016, 1:00 PM PST
Temple City, CA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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CHINESE QING DYNASTY GOLD LEAF SHAPE BRUSH WASHER

August 6, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Brooklyn, NY, USA

$7,000 (starting bid)

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CHINESE FAMILLE ROSE BRUSH WASHER

August 6, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Brooklyn, NY, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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FOUR RUYI PETALS JADE BRUSH WASHER WITH BATS AND FISH MOTIF

August 6, 2016, 10:30 AM EST
Marietta, GA, USA

$400 (starting bid)

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RUYI BAT SHAPED JADE BRUSH WASHER

August 6, 2016, 10:30 AM EST
Marietta, GA, USA

$400 (starting bid)

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SET OF 4 CHINESE CARVED  JADES OF VARIOUS SHAPES

August 6, 2016, 10:30 AM EST
Marietta, GA, USA

$400 (starting bid)

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QUADRE LOBED CELADON JADE BRUSH WASHER ON STAND

August 6, 2016, 10:30 AM EST
Marietta, GA, USA

$300 (1 bid)

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CARVED JADE OF DOUBLE GOURD BRUSH WASHER

August 7, 2016, 10:30 AM EST
Marietta, GA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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19TH C. CARVED CHINESE JADE DRAGON BRUSH WASHER

August 7, 2016, 10:30 AM EST
Marietta, GA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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19TH C. CARVED CHINESE JADE BRUSH WASHER OF FLORAL FORM

August 7, 2016, 10:30 AM EST
Marietta, GA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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CARVED WHITE JADE OF DOUBLE GOURD BRUSH WASHER

August 7, 2016, 10:30 AM EST
Marietta, GA, USA

$400 (starting bid)

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A FINE CARVED CHINESE JADE BRUSH WASHER OF PHOENIX

August 7, 2016, 10:30 AM EST
Marietta, GA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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CARVED CHINESE JADE BRUSH WASHER OF A GOURD

August 7, 2016, 10:30 AM EST
Marietta, GA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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