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Provenance

J. Pierpont Morgan [1837-1913], New York, by 1904. (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, 1:91, no. 557.
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 23.
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: 205, color repro.
Technical Summary

This duck is molded from a grayish white paste. The bottom of the lotus-leaf base is flat and unglazed with a fabric impression; there is a large hole in the center. The interiors of the leaf and the duck are hollow. There are several chips around the base of the lotus leaf.