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Brush Washer

Creation date: 1736-1796
Creation place: China

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Type: Copper Washer
Medium and Support: Copper
Credit Line: Bequest of Emile Leonard Schoppe
Accession Number: 1953.26
Dimensions: 1 3/4 in. x 5 3/8 in. x 5 in. (4.45 cm x 13.65 cm x 12.7 cm)
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Finely painted enamel-on-copper objects, such as this charming example, were popular among the decorative arts of the Qianlong period (1736-95). Cloisonné became fashionable in China during the 18th century, when European examples were introduced through trade to Canton (present-day Guandong) and by Jesuits who visited the imperial court. Covered in turquoise enamel, this desk accessory invites its owner to dip his or her brush into a pool of water that has collected in a lily pad. Inside this miniature world dwell koi, mollusks, two crabs, a frog, and a snail.
Last Updated: 5/30/2012


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of East Asia: China The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/24/2013 - 00/00/00

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Dr. Caron Smith. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 48, Figure Number: 48

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