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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 19TH CENTURY CHINESE GREY GLAZED BRUSH WASHER be

August 26, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Selborne, United Kingdom

£200 (starting bid)

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A CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE BRUSH WASHER 20th Century

August 26, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Selborne, United Kingdom

£100 (starting bid)

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A SMALL 17TH/18TH CENTURY CHINESE CLOISONNE ENMEL

August 26, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Selborne, United Kingdom

£100 (starting bid)

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A SUPERB FAMILLE-ROSE BRUSH WASHER

August 26, 2016, 10:30 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$2,000 (starting bid)

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WHITE JADE 'PEACH AND BAT' BRUSH WASHER

August 26, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$1,600 (starting bid)

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ZISHA 'TREE BRANCH' BRUSH REST

August 26, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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ANTIQUE Large Chinese White Jade Pen Brush, 3 1/2

August 27, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Gaithersburg, MD, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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18/19th Century. Chinese Carved Jade Brush Washer

August 27, 2016, 7:00 AM PST
Flemington, NJ, USA

$2,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Carved Jadeite Brush Holder

August 27, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Beverly, MA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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Chinese Yixing Pottery Brush Washer

August 27, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Beverly, MA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Two Chinese Jade Brush Hooks

August 27, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Beverly, MA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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A BLUE COLOR PORCELAIN PEN WASH

August 27, 2016, 10:30 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$80 (starting bid)

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Chinese wucai brush washer, Kangxi mark

August 27, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Atlanta, GA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Vintage Chinese Hetian Jade Ruyi Bird Brush Washer

August 27, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Chatham, NJ, USA

$70 (starting bid)

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Chinese Black Sanders Wood Brush Pen Shelf

August 27, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Chatham, NJ, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Chinese Bronze Enamel Brush Washers w Qianlong Mark

August 27, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Chatham, NJ, USA

$70 (starting bid)

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Hand-painted Chinese Su Cai Porcelain Brush Washer

August 27, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Chatham, NJ, USA

$70 (starting bid)

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Vintage Chinese Qing Dynasty Hetian Jade Poetic Prose Tai Ji Brush Washer

August 27, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
Chatham, NJ, USA

$1,500 (starting bid)

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A Chinese Antique Ge-Glazed Porcelain Washer

August 27, 2016, 11:00 AM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$60 (starting bid)

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Chinese Pottery Brush Washer,

August 28, 2016, 10:30 AM AEST
Camperdown, Australia

AUD80 (starting bid)

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Chinese Pottery Brush Washer,

August 28, 2016, 10:30 AM AEST
Camperdown, Australia

AUD120 (starting bid)

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Chinese Pottery Brush Washer,

August 28, 2016, 10:30 AM AEST
Camperdown, Australia

AUD80 (starting bid)

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Wonderful Chinese Jade Brush Washer,

August 28, 2016, 10:30 AM AEST
Camperdown, Australia

AUD600 (starting bid)

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Chinese Porcelain Shallow Brush Washer,

August 28, 2016, 10:30 AM AEST
Camperdown, Australia

AUD600 (starting bid)

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Chinese Pottery Brush Washer,

August 28, 2016, 10:30 AM AEST
Camperdown, Australia

AUD80 (starting bid)

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Pair of Chinese Pottery Brush Washers,

August 28, 2016, 10:30 AM AEST
Camperdown, Australia

AUD60 (starting bid)

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A Chinese Yixing Zisha hexagon brush pot,raised birds and flowers design, marks to base, h13.5cm,

August 28, 2016, 12:00 PM AEST
Leichhardt, Australia

AUD200 (starting bid)

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Three various antique brush washers or ink wells, largest H 6cm

August 28, 2016, 12:00 PM AEST
Leichhardt, Australia

AUD300 (starting bid)

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A large Chinese hardwood brush pot,h19cm,dia.19cm,

August 28, 2016, 12:00 PM AEST
Leichhardt, Australia

AUD300 (starting bid)

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CHINESE QING DYNASTY BLUE AND WHITE BRUSH WASHER

August 28, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Brooklyn, NY, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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CHINESE QING DYNASTY BLUE GLAZED BRUSH WASHER

August 28, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Brooklyn, NY, USA

$225 (starting bid)

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CHINESE REPUBLIC PERIOD BLUE WHITE BRUSH WASHER

August 28, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Brooklyn, NY, USA

$275 (starting bid)

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CHINESE REPUBLIC PERIOD BLUE WHITE BRUSH WASHER

August 28, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Brooklyn, NY, USA

$275 (starting bid)

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CHINESE QING DYNASTY TEA DUST GLAZED BRUSH WASHER

August 28, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Brooklyn, NY, USA

$225 (starting bid)

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Chinese 'dragon motif' brush washer, 9

August 28, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Atlanta, GA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Shell Design Stone Brush Wash Bixi

August 28, 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

August 28, 2016, 11:00 AM PST
Westlake Village, CA, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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Song Style Ru Celadon Porcelain Brush Wash

August 28, 2016, 1:00 PM PST
Temple City, CA, USA

$90 (starting bid)

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Song square Porcelain Brush Wash

August 28, 2016, 1:00 PM PST
Temple City, CA, USA

$800 (starting bid)

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A Chinese jade handled enamelled brush washer The

August 30, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Newmarket, United Kingdom

£80 (starting bid)

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A Chinese carved hardstone brush rest Naturalistic

August 30, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Newmarket, United Kingdom

£150 (starting bid)

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A Chinese carved clear agate brush washer With twi

August 30, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Newmarket, United Kingdom

£200 (starting bid)

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A Chinese carved spinach jade brush washer Of vein

August 30, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Newmarket, United Kingdom

£80 (starting bid)

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Pair of Chinese Late Qing Porcelain Brush Holders

August 30, 2016, 9:00 AM CST
Fort Worth, TX, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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Song Guan style brush washer

August 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Commack, NY, USA

$50 (1 bid)

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Chinese yellow glazed brush washer,  marked

August 30, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Commack, NY, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Chinese Hetian Jade Carved Brush Washer

August 31, 2016, 12:30 PM AEST
Woollahra, Australia

AUD1,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Hetian Jade Carved Ink Washer

August 31, 2016, 12:30 PM AEST
Woollahra, Australia

AUD1,000 (starting bid)

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Chinese Longquan Celadon Washer

August 31, 2016, 12:30 PM AEST
Woollahra, Australia

AUD500 (starting bid)

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Chinese Hexagonal Porcelain Brush Washer

August 31, 2016, 12:30 PM AEST
Woollahra, Australia

AUD900 (starting bid)

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A Chinese blue and white porcelain brush rest Deco

August 31, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Newmarket, United Kingdom

£100 (starting bid)

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Chinese Yellow Brush Washer

August 31, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese Lapis Brush Rest

August 31, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese Doucai Brush Washer

August 31, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese Geyao Brush Washer

August 31, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese Antique Brush Washer

August 31, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Chinese Ge Yao Brush Rest

August 31, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese Bronze Brush Rest

August 31, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Norwood, MA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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