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BRUSH HOLDER
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Inventory Number
HKU.M.1997.1166
Category In English
Works of Art
Object Name
Brush holder
Periods / Dynasties
Early 20th century -
Materials
Copper with painted enamels
No. of Items (in a Set)
1
Dimensions
H: 12.6 cm, MD: 9 cm
Descriptions in English
Gift of Mr Fred Lee
The technique of painting enamels onto metal was likely invented in Limoges, France, during the 15th century. It was brought by the Jesuits to China in the early 18th century. Jars and other vessels made in this technique are sometimes known as 'foreign porcelains' in China. While examples made for court use were made in specialised workshops in the Forbidden City, works for general domestic use or export like this brush holder were produced in private workshops in Canton, and they are commonly called 'Canton enamels' in the West.

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