Have you ever been at a flea market or estate sale and see a small decorative object with a bowl? Not sure what it is?
Asian themed brush washers are most common as they were created to clean the ink from calligraphy work, but their popularity continued and has been interpreted through many mediums including ceramic, bone and precious minerals.
This is a fine example from the Ming dynasty of a dragon with a wonderful surprise of a fish design inside.
I received this antique frog brush washer for Christmas. They are usually quite small since the brushes they cleaned were for detail work.
Do you own any brush washers that you thought were teeny flower vases? Now you know the correct usage of these decorative objects!