Lot 3740. A fine small Ru-type vase, hu, Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795); 5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 500,000 - HKD 700,000. Price Realized HKD 1,040,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2011
Of facetted octagonal section supported on a conforming foot, the pear-shaped body rising to a broad neck flanked by a pair of tubular lug handles, covered inside and out in an even, opaque, pale blue glaze stopping short of the brown-dressed foot rim, wood stand, Japanese wood box.
Property of the Yiqingge Collection.
Note: A number of Qianlong-marked vases of this form and small size, with Guan, Ru or Ge type glazes are known. Cf. an example of Guan-type glaze in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in the exhibition, Qing Monochrome Porcelain, 1981, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 89 (13.9 cm. high); another Guan-type vase is illustrated by J. Ayers in The Baur Collection, Geneva, 1972, A343 (12.2 cm. high); and a Ru-type glaze from the James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 22 March 1993, lot 742 (14.8 cm. high).
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 1 June 2011, Convention Hall