Vietnamese Bleu de Hue Porcelain Single Gourd Calligraphy Vase (Has Four Character Marking) - This single gourd vase is elaborately decorated in vivid cobalt blue underglaze with calligraphy on the entire body. The neck of the vase bears four character markings around the piece. This very high quality porcelain was ordered from China for the court use. Although Chinese artisans executed the painting, Vietnamese rulers dictated the designs. Each ruler ordered ceramics of his own liking for use in his court, as well as presentation pieces to give to members of royal families and mandarin officials. This piece has excellent investment potential, as it is thought by experts around the world and avid collectors that due to the rapid modernization of Vietnam, Vietnamese antiques will within the next ten years be more valuable than Chinese antiques. According to some of the most expert collectors in the world, what used to sell for hundreds are now selling for tens of thousands. Please note: this piece has been repaired due to surviving several wars in Vietnam. Please see all photos for complete condition. Measurements: 11.5"H x 17" in circumference.