A very rare 'Guan' Arrow Vase, Song Dynasty

Lot 41. A very rare 'Guan' Arrow Vase, Song Dynasty (960-1279). Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 USDLot sold 69,600 USD. © Sotheby's.

delicately potted, the compressed globular body rising to a tall cylindrical neck flanked at the mouth by two short upright tubular sections, applied overall with a misty grayish blue glaze suffused with a fine network of white crackles and draining at the rim to a mushroom brown, all supported on a dainty foot; 3 3/4 in., 9.5 cm.

NoteA very similar vase from the Qing court collection and still in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Porcelain of the Song Dynasty, vol.II, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 37, attributed to the Song Dynasty. Another related vase, with raised studs around the shoulder, is illustrated in Shen Zhiyu, The Shanghai Museum of Art, Beijing, 1981, pl. 41, also attributed to the Song dynasty. See also a vase of this form, from the Toguri Museum collection, sold in our London rooms, 9th June 2004, lot 161.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 31 mars 2005