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Inscription

incised in seal script on base in two columns of three characters each: Da Qing Yongzheng nian zhi (made in the Yongzheng reign of the great Qing dynasty)

Provenance

(Yamanaka, New York); sold May 1941 to Harry G. Steele [1881-1942], Pasadena; his widow, Grace C. Steele [d. 1974]; gift 1972 to NGA.

Bibliography
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: 140-141, color repro.
Technical Summary

The clay body is formed from a white paste, and the glaze is thin with a matte surface.