RU GROUP PHOTO INFO
The Northern Song Dynasty Ru Ware Kiln was working from 1086-1126 There has been much confusion about how these wares were developed and which wares were
Imperial ware compared to the similar wares sold to the public. Imperial Ru Ware is the finest most important and rare wares China ever produced. This was the first time in China's History wares were
made exclusively for the Emperor and his court. There is two types of Imperial Ru Ware the first row is the opulent sky blue smooth celadon glazed wares with sporadic crackle these can have Gold
bands around the rim and the bases. these wares were used as tribute wares to the emperor and his court. The second type third row is the very modest bluish green glaze that has fine cracked ice
crackle and texture. These wares were commissioned by the Emperor himself to be used exclusively by him and his court. The Emperor Huizong was a artist and musician in his own right and was not
pleased with the opulent wares being made for the court during the N Song Dynasty. After he saw the Korean Imperial celadon wares around 1114 he made his decision that he would commission the Ru Kiln
to develop and produce the finest and most naturally modest celadon wares with very refined forms for himself and his court. To develop this glaze the Ru Kiln experimented with the glazes that they
had been using, as you can see in the photos how they added colorant into the blue glaze to create a bluish green celadon color. They likely had some help from Korean potters to develop this glaze.
They wanted the glaze to look like celadon Jade and added agate powder into the mix to ad texture. and also they wanted to get rid of the spur marks on the bases of the vessels which was the last
step. The brush washer that was sold in Hong Kong was likely a prototype of these celadon wares. As you can see in the photograph second row it shows the progression to the final development of the
Imperial celadon glaze. The piece that was sold in Hong Kong seems to fall in the line of prototypes in the photo. It doesn't have any gold bands on the rim or base as does some tribute wares have.
The Gold plated over copper bands have extensive layered corrosion of Cuprite and Malachite where the plating has worn. This clearly shows there great age. The biscuit was made with a grayish ash
colored clay with a high iron content that turns brown after firing. The commissioned bluish green celadon wares have a very luminescent qualities that show under different lighting condition in
photographs, and this quality making them the most outstanding and collectible wares ever produced and these can't be duplicated.