H. A. E. Jaehne, Tokyo; (Parish-Watson Gallery, New York) by 1917; sold to Harry G. Steele [1881-1942], Pasadena; his widow, Grace C. Steele [d. 1974]; gift 1972 to NGA.
- Chinese Pottery of the Han, T'ang and Sung Dynasties; Owned and Exhibited by Parish-Watson & Co., Inc.. New York, 1917: no. 62.
- 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: 28-29, color repro.
This vessel is light in weight for its size. Examination of the interior suggests that it was thrown in two or more sections, which were then luted together. The body is scored with horizontal lines on the exterior; the lowest section is scored more deeply and appears to have been shaved down to maintain the smoothly curving profile of the wall. The wide foot-ring is roughly trimmed, and the base is slightly recessed and glazed.
The vase has a cream-colored slip beneath the green glaze, which has an uneven crackle pattern. Glaze abrasions and iridescence have resulted from burial of the vessel. The lip has three spur marks, suggesting that the vase had another object stacked on top of it in the kiln. Three points on the shoulder indicate that the vase came into contact with other vessels, or perhaps a sagger, during firing.