QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG MARK AND PERIOD (1736-1795)
The washer is potted in the form of a plump peach fruit issuing from a small leafy branch, covered overall with a thick glossy blue-grey glaze and decorated with loosely distributed crackles of charcoal grey. The washer is fired on three spurs attached to its base, after Song dynasty guan ware. The base is inscribed with an underglaze blue ‘Da Qing Qianlong Nian Zhi’ 大清乾隆年製 mark in archaic script.
The Carl Kempe Collection
A peach washer of similar shape, glaze and size is published in The Wonders of the Potter’s Palette: Qing Ceramics from the Collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art 清瓷薈錦：香港藝術館藏清代陶瓷, Hong Kong, 1984, pp. 132-133, Catalogue No. 81