China, Kangxi-period (1662-1722). Porcelain with softly spotted red-greenish glaze. Compressed circular form. At the wall characteristic colouring, running from red to a greenish mushroom brown. Six-character Kangxi-mark. Diam. 12 cm. - These type of brushwashers once belonged to the celebrated "Eight Great Numbers" and were part of fine writing sets on the scholar"s desk. Similar pieces can be found in important collections. See: Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, vol. III, Geneva 1972, A 306 u. A 309.