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Inscription

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)

Provenance

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.

Bibliography
1911
Gorer 1911, 73, no. 367.
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: 84-85, color repro.
Technical Summary

The same variations of lighter and darker blue coloration may be observed as in 1942.9.497. Dark spots and blisterlike extrusions appear in a few areas, most noticeably on the lip and on the neck. There is some crazing of the glaze, principally on the lower, flaring section of the body and in the colorless glaze on the base. Where the flared edge curves around and begins to contract into the foot, it is even more blunted than 1942.9.497.