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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

Richard Bennett, Northhampton, England, sold 1911 to (Gorer, London); (Dreicer & Co., New York, agents of Gorer, London); sold 1913 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.

Bibliography
1911
Gorer 1911, 72, no. 360, color pl. opp. 70.
1911
Gorer/Blacker 1911, 2:color pl. 160.
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

Vermilion seal paste residue is evident inside on closing surfaces. The cobalt blue of the mark is dark, the characters neatly written and closely spaced.