in standard script on base in underglaze blue in three vertical lines of two characters each: Da Qing Kangxi nian zhi (made in the Kangxi reign of the great Qing dynasty)
Thomas B. Clarke [1837-1913], 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.
- Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 20.
- 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: 98-100, color repro.
The pale blue glaze covering the interior and exterior has some pinholes and bubbles, a noticeable dark spot in the interior, and a small pit on the lower third of the exterior. A few black specks can be found in the colorless glaze on the base. Along the incurved rim of the mouth the glaze thins to become almost transparent, revealing the fine white body; above the foot the glaze ends in a somewhat irregular line.