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Inscription

on the interior in black overglaze enamel in a single column of clerical script characters: Lingman huizhi (a painter of Lingnan), followed by a seal in pink overglaze enamel: Bai shi (white stone)

Provenance

Sir Robert Meade, England. J. Pierpont Morgan [1837-1913], New York. (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
1904
Morgan 1904-1911, 2:llxii, 5, no. 13.
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 22.
1947
Christensen, Erwin O. Chinese Porcelains of the Widener Collection. Washington, 1947 (rev. ed. 1956): 22, 23, repro.
1955
Koyama et al. 1955-1958, fig. 38.
1980
Bushell, Stephen W. Oriental Ceramic Art: Collection of W.T. Walters. New York, 1896 (plates); New York, 1899 (text). Reprint, New York, 1980: pl. 2.
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: 234-235, color repro.
Technical Summary

The plate is thinly potted, with a narrow, rounded foot-ring. The exterior is covered with a lavender ("ruby") monochrome glaze. The base has a colorless glaze.