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Inscription

in standard script on base in underglaze blue in three vertical columns of two characters each: Da Qing Kangxi nian zhi (made in the Kangxi reign of the great Qing dynasty)

Provenance

Thomas B. Clarke [1848-1931], New York; sold 1913 to Peter A. B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from Estate of Peter A. B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; gift 1942 to NGA.

Technical Summary

The pale blue glaze ends just above the unglazed foot, which is unusually narrow. A small patch of dull glaze occurs midway down the vessel. A few dark spots appear on the thickened mouth rim, one side of which is slightly rough; some pinholes in the glaze are visible on the vessel's upper shoulder. On the shallow concave base the clear glaze over the reignmark is marred by a dark line, a firing flaw, intersecting the kang character. Small amounts of dirt and kiln debris adhere to the interior.

Bibliography
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 20.
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: 93-97, color repro.
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