This Chinese vintage porcelain brush washer of a foo dog comes with new information! A lady nicely emailed me and shared she had one similar. It came with the tag on the bottom that says made in China. While the bottoms are different, and the clay looks different, I cannot say for sure so have updated it. This was a purchase from an antique dealer in the U.S. and originally came from an estate sale. Owning a copy of a Japanese print book on Nabeshima history with many pictures printed in 1985, when I saw this piece. it seemed to be made in this same style. While it does not have some of the elegant handwork of the earlier pieces, it is a wonderful piece, very colorful, well done and made with great skill; handmade and hand-painted in overglaze enamels.
The foo dog has a great expression, with great details of its paws. The head is blue, with red and white waves of hair surrounding the side and back; colorful flowers outline the front. The colors are still very vibrant. I will need to see if anyone can help with the label and age, but it appears to date to the People's Republic mid-century or just a little later maybe. It is an absolutely lovely piece. Great condition, no cracks or chips. Some age spots or flea bites size on the bottom but minimal. Perhaps some age wear to the surface from handling. Still a great and lovely find and brush pot.
SIZE: Length 4 1/4" or 10.79 cm, Height 3 1/2" or 7.62 cm. Weight 11.4 ounces or 323.18 grams
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