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Provenance

(Yamanaka & Co., sale, American Art Association, New York, 16-17 February 1915, no. 28). (Duveen Brothers, New York and London); sold 1915 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.

Bibliography
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 20.
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: 90-92, color repro.
Technical Summary

Compared to 1942.9.479, this vase displays more distinct bands of darkened blue glaze color, particularly at the upper shoulder of the lower lobe of the gourd, and just above the foot. The glaze also ends at a somewhat higher point above the foot, exposing a rather uneven line of unglazed porcelain body.

Though this vessel and 1942.9.479 most likely are a pair, they are not completely identical. In comparing the treatment of the slightly recessed bases (covered with colorless glaze) and the unglazed, beveled foot-rings, it can be noted that 1942.9.479 is more carefully finished.