SIGNED CHINESE IMPERIAL YONGZHENG RU GUAN CRACKLE GLAZED ARROW VASE
rare Chinese Imperial Yongzheng mark & period ru ware guan crackle glazed arrow handled bottle vase. This Vase is part of an important estate collection being offered this week that features many monochrome, celadon, Ming and pre-Ming ceramics.
The vase is an astonishing and truly exceptional example. The vase has a beautiful ru-type imperial ware glaze throughout with amazing guan crackling to the glaze. The vase has an interesting bottle or pear-shape with foliage body and unique arrow-handles. The vase has a finely carved and formed foot rim with underglazed blue Yongzheng imperial seal mark.
From what I have read such ru ware guan crackle glazed examples were an obsession of the Yongzheng emperor that spent several years directing his top master kiln artists to perfect this lost technique originally created within the Song dynasty period.
The vase is an impressive large size measuring 16 1/2 inches tall, by 8 inches wide.