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Inscription

in standard script on the base in underglaze blue in three vertical columns of two characters each: Da Qing Kangzi nian zhi (made in the Kangzi reign of the great Qing dynasty)

Provenance

J. Pierpont Morgan [1837-1913], New York. (Duveen Brothers, New York); sold 1915 to Peter A. B. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from the Estate of Peter A. B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park.

Exhibition History
1910
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, c. 1910-1911.
Bibliography
1904
Morgan 1904-1911, 2:80, no. 1324, pl. 123 (bottom left).
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 21.
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: 58-60, color repro.
Technical Summary

Residue of vermilion seal paste adheres to the biscuit of the contacting surfaces of top and bottom. Abrasions and scratches are evident on the glaze of the cover. Inside the top are two small firing cracks. The underglaze cobalt blue of the mark is dark, and the characters are widely spaced.