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Brush rest

  • Place of origin:

    Vietnam (found)
    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1725 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ceramic, moulded, fired and glazed

  • Museum number:

    FE.10-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 44, shelf 3

  • Public access description

    This object was salvaged from the wreck of a trade ship thought to be a Chinese junk, dating to approximately 1725. This corresponds to the reign of the Kangxi emperor (1662-1722) of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The wreck was discovered off the Southern coast of Vietnam in 1998 near Ca Mau and is now commonly referred to as the Ca Mau wreck. The ship was loaded with Chinese porcelain of various designs for export to South Asia and Europe. This object is one of a group of 182 pieces of porcelain acquired by the V&A from the wreck.

  • Physical description

    Modelled as a bird an ox and a monkey sitting on a branch with yellow, green and bown glazes.

  • Dimensions

    Height: 5.5 cm, Width: 10 cm

  • Object history note

    This object was salvaged from the wreck of a trade ship, probably a Chinese junk dating to approximately 1725. This date corresponds to the reign of the Yongzheng emperor (1723-1735) of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The wreck was discovered off the Southern coast of Vietnam in 1998 near Ca Mau. The wreck is now commonly referred to as the Ca Mau wreck. By 1999 a total of 51,500 pieces had been recovered form the wreck.

    It was loaded with Chinese porcelain of various designs for export to South Asia and Europe. This object is one of a group of 182 pieces of porcelain acquired by the V&A from this wreck. These objects were sold through Sotheby's, Amsterdam at sale AM0967 'Made in Imperial China: 76,000 pieces of export porcelain from the Ca Mau shipwreck, Circa 1725' which took place in 2007.

    Historical significance: This object provides useful information about trade, trade routes, design and markets for Chinese ceramics.

  • Descriptive line

    Brush rest modelled as a bird, an ox and a monkey on a branch

  • Labels and date

    Brush rests modelled as a bird, deer and monkey
    China, Jingdezhen, about 1725, lead-glazed porcelain

    The brush rests and water droppers found in the Ca Mau wreck were probably intended for Chinese expatriate communities in Batavia (Jakarta), Indonesia.

    Museum nos. FE.9, 10-2007 [20/11/2008]

  • Production Type and Product Note

    Mass produced

  • Collection code

    East Asia Collection