A jade brush washer

Jade washer
CJ1816 Jade brush washer close up
CJ1816 Jade brush washer stand


18th century
Diameter: 5 3/4 in, 14.6 cm

of circular form with well-rounded sides and a slightly recessed base. The well is worked in high relief with a pair of catfish and lingzhi fungus, and the exterior sides in contrasting low relief with a frieze of archaistic simplified animal-mask motifs between borders of lotus lappets. The semi-translucent stone is a cloudy celadon-green tone. With a carved wood stand in the form of tied lotus pods, leaves and flowers.

A similar example is illustrated in Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman (Hong Kong, 1996), no. 103, p. 124.

See also James C. S. Lin, The Immortal Stone: Chinese jades from the Neolithic Period to the twentieth century (Cambridge, 2009), cat. 63, p. 71, a dish with fish and reeds to the well; and Geoffrey Wills, Jade of the East (New York and Tokyo, 1977), no. 62, p. 103, a bowl with two carp in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

For a foliate dish with a related design of fish, see Barry Till and Paula Swart, Chinese Jade: Stone for the Emperors (Victoria, British Columbia, 1986), pl. XXVIII.