A ‘Guan’-type lingzhi-shaped brush washer, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century. Photo Sotheby’s
robustly potted in the form of a large lingzhi fungus with shallow rounded sides with a cluster of further small fungi attached to stems along the rim at one end, the base with tiny spur marks characteristic of Song dynasty ware, covered overall in a thick pale gray glaze suffused with fine evenly composed craquelure of charcoal gray, fitted wood stand (2). Length 11 1/4 in., 28.5 cm. Estimation 15,000 — 25,000 USD
Provenance: Acquired from a private estate in Santa Fe, New Mexico, circa 1980.
A fungus-shaped brushwasher with a crackled glaze was exhibited at the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, London 2935 and is included in the Illustrated Catalogue Chinese Government Exhibits, vol. II, Shanghai, 1936, p. 164, no. 218. A similar guan-type washer but of peach-shape is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Monochrome Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 232.
SOTHEBY’S. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART, NEW YORK | 16 SEPT. 2014, 10:30 AM