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Inscription

incised in seal script into the base in two columns of two characters each: Qianlong nian zhi (made in the reign of Qianlong dynasty)

Provenance

(Yamanaka, Chicago); sold June 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: 142, color repro.
Technical Summary

The glaze on the interior and base has a slightly uneven surface. The foot-ring is low and sharply trimmed.