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Inscription

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

Provenance

(Frank Partridge and Sons, 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
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 24.
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: 178-179, color repro.
Technical Summary

As with the majority of square vases, the body has been molded together, the neck then wheel thrown and luted onto the shoulder. The low, wide square foot-ring is beveled and has a glazed square recess at the center. A fabric impression remains on the otherwise unglazed foot. The ceramic body is white, except where it has burned orange at the foot-ring. There is one vertical hairline crack in the neck. A crack in the foot has been repaired.