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Inscription

in standard script on two sides in black enamel with the poems "Homecoming" by Tao Qian and "Second Ode to the Red Cliff" by Su Shi

Provenance

(S. Bing, Paris).[1] 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, 1:16, no. 11, pl. 62.
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 23.
1947
Christensen, Erwin O. Chinese Porcelains of the Widener Collection. Washington, 1947 (rev. ed. 1956): 10.
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: 165-167, color repro.
Technical Summary

The high foot-ring has a fabric impression on the base and is unglazed. The interior of the foot is glazed with a matte bluish glaze. The molded sides of the vessel are slightly convex. On the interior eight triangular braces were luted onto the walls and into the corners, helping to keep the base, sides, and shoulder attached. Except for the mouth, the interior is unglazed and has some areas of fabric impression. The lip is repaired and entirely repainted in black.