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Inscription

falsely inscribed in seal script on the base in overglaze blue enamel in two columns of two characters each: Qianlong nian zhi (made in the reign of Qianlong); in black enamel on opposite side from floral design, a poetic couplet, accompanied by three seals in red enamel: ren (benevolence), the trigram Qian, and long (the emperor's reign title)

Provenance

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: 245-246, color repro.
Technical Summary

The vase is extremely thin and covered with a shiny colorless glaze. The foot-ring is narrow and the base glazed.