National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Chinese Qing Dynasty (artist)
"Beehive" Water Pot, late 19th century
porcelain with yellow glaze
overall: 7.9 x 12.7 cm (3 1/8 x 5 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.502
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From the Tour: Chinese Porcelains
Object 11 of 24

Conservation Notes

The fine-textured porcelain vessel has a translucent yellow glaze with very faint, fine crazing over all exterior surfaces and the neck interior. The calligraphy on the base appears darker than the usual blue, possibly the result of the yellow glaze covering blue. 1

1. A similar pot in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (14.40.375), and the Widener piece have the same inscription, in what appears to be the same color, described as black in the Metropolitan's records.

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