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Inscription

falsely inscribed in standard script on the base in underglaze blue in two columns of three characters each: Da Ming Chenghua nian zhi (made in the Chenghua reign of the great Ming dynasty)

Provenance

(Yamanaka, Chicago); sold 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: 228, color repro.
Technical Summary

The narrow foot-ring is rounded, and the base recessed and glazed over the spurious Chenghua marks. There is a chip on the rim.