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


Considered a pair with NGA 1942.9.485. One vase acquired by Thomas B. Clarke [1848-1931], New York; sold 1913 to Peter A. B. Widener. The other vase acquired by J. Pierpont Morgan [1837-1913], New York, by 1911; sold to (Duveen Brothers, New York and London); sold 1915 to Peter A. B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; both vases inheritance from Estate of Peter A. B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania;[1] gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, c. 1910-1911 (the Morgan collection example, see provenance).

Technical Summary

The glaze is less uniform in color than that of 1942.9.485, and the glaze just above the foot tends to pool and darken somewhat more. The reignmark is less deep and consistent in hue, but the colorless-glazed base appears to be an even more dazzling white. A small black spot is visible on the interior of the lip.


Morgan 1904-1911, 2:82, no. 1340.
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: 86-89, color repro.

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