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Provenance

Marquis de Montault, Ch√Ęteau de la Terte, Trescuel, L'Aigle, Normandy. Lord Hastings, London. (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); sold 1908 to Peter A.B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1980
Chinese Porcelains in European Mounts, China House Gallery, China Institute in American, New York, 1980, no. 30.
1986
Mounted Chinese Porcelain, traveling exh. organized by the International Exhibitions Foundation, shown at The Frick Collection, New York; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, 1986-1987, no. 32.
1994
Fanciful Flourishes: Ornament in European Graphic Art and Related Objects, 1300-1800, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994, brochure, no. 79, as Chinese Vase in Form of a Goldfish, on a French Mount by Chinese Qing Dynasty and French 18th Centu
2007
Loan to display with permanent collection, Seattle Art Museum, 2007-2009.
Bibliography
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 19.
1947
Christensen, Erwin O. Chinese Porcelains of the Widener Collection. Washington, 1947 (rev. ed. 1956): 26; 1956, 30.
1980
Lunsingh Scheurleer 1980, 95, fig. 331.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 34, color repro. 35.
1986
Mounted Chinese Porcelain. Exh. cat. The Frick Collection, New York; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Center for the Fine Arts, Miami. Organized by International Exhibitions Foundation, Washington, D.C., 1986: no. 32.
1998
Bower, Virginia, Josephine Hadley Knapp, Stephen Little, and Robert Wilson Torchia. Decorative Arts, Part II: Far Eastern Ceramics and Paintings; Persian and Indian Rugs and Carpets. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1998: 261-263, color repro.
Technical Summary

The condition of both the porcelain and the gilt bronze mount is excellent. Examination by x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy in 1985 detected no cobalt in the glaze, 1 but iron was found, suggesting that it is a celadon glaze.2

1. NGA conservation report submitted by Barbara Berrie, dated 6 August 1985. 2. Tichane 1978, 6769, states that the absence of titanium in the glaze produces the green ferrous colorant in blue celadon glazes.