falsely inscribed in standard script on the base in overglaze blue enamel in two columns of two characters each: Qianlong nian zhi (made in the reign of Qianlong); above image of scholars in four characters: Song quan ding yue (making a vow by the pine spring); in running script style of the Qianlong emperor (r. 1736-1795) on side opposite the scholars, a poetic couplet
Harry G. Steele [1881-1942], Pasadena; his widow, Grace C. Steele [d. 1974]; gift 1972 to NGA.
- 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: 256, color repro.
This cup has a wide, ribbed foot-ring enclosing a slightly recessed, glazed base.