China, Henan Province, Baofeng county, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)
porcelaneous stoneware, Ru ware
Diameter - w:12.80 cm (w:5 inches)
Overall - h:3.80 cm (h:1 7/16 inches)
Ru ware is the rarest and most treasured of all the Chinese ceramic wares. This brush washer is among
the very few known specimens (about two) in the U.S. Lee’s commitment to standards of quality is best
demonstrated by this powerful, understated treasure of national and international significance.
Elegance of form and subtlety of glaze are the hallmarksof this northern celadon intended for imperial use during the late Northern Song dynasty. Only those pieces rejected by the court could be available for popular use. Connoisseurs further appreciate the fine crackle in the glaze and the tiny spur marks on the base. Even a little black spot is identified as "one of the slight imperfections characteristic of genuine Ru ware."