in standard script on the base in underglaze blue in three vertical lines of two characters each: Da Qing Kangxi nian zhi (made in the Kangxi reign of the great Qing dynasty)
Richard Bennett, Northampton, England; sold 1911 to (Gorer, London); (Dreicer and Co., New York, agent for Gorer, London); sold 1913 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.
- Gorer 1911, 73, no. 367.
- Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 20.
- 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: 84-85, color repro.
As with the other vessels of this type, the glaze thins along the edge of the neck and the outwardly curving flange at the base, as well as along the neck ridge and the two "ears" on the shoulder, so the color is a very pale blue to almost blue-white. The richer blue color, apparent where extra glaze gathered, contrasts both with these very pale areas and with the more standard pale blue of the rest of the vase. Some tiny protrusions appear along the somewhat blunted end of the flared foot; a few others are at the lip. Pinholes are scattered on the white base.