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Brush Washer decorated with a Motif of Fishes and Seaweeds
SKAZsz 1323 MNW
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A bowl, made with thick opaque yellow glass. The side walls are decorated with popular Chinese motif: fish swimming among seaweeds. The plants` wavy forms are to imitate movement of water. This type of ornament is known from the Yuan dynasty ceramic wares, and with the time started to be applied onto other materials as well, like metal or glass.

History of the Object
The object belonged to Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), a well known personality in Poland and abroad. He was not only a famous pianist and composer, but also a political activist, a patriot fighting for Polish independence and a prominent politician in the newly established 2nd Republic of Poland. And yet, he should be remembered for his passion for art. In 1899 Paderewski acquired a large estate in Switzerland, where he lived and collected his art objects. The collection, aside from Oriental artifacts (over 400, mostly from 17th-19th centuries), also includes Polish and foreign paintings, silver ware, musical instruments etc. Fullfilling the will of the composer, the collection was transferred to the National Museum in Warsaw in 1951.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Tinted glass, cutting 
Measurements
High 9,5 cm; Mouth diameter 20,5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
1st half 18th Century 
Function
Decorative  
Acquisition
Inherited from Ignacy Jan Paderewski and preserved in the Museum since 1951. 
Copyright
Copyright Ⓒ National Museum in Warsaw 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum in Warsaw, state property. 
Museum
National Museum in Warsaw 
Credit line
Courtesy of the National Museum in Warsaw. 

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