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Inscription

in standard script on the 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)

Provenance

(Yamanaka & Co., sale, American Art Association, New York, 16-17 February 1915, no. 31); (Duveen Brothers, New York and London); sold 1915 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 lavender-tinged pale blue glaze ends in an even line just below the exterior edge of the lip. The lip is covered with a colorless glaze, which extends into the interior of the neck. Several small whitish protuberances appear on the shoulder and near the waist. At the neck, near the lip, there is a discolored restoration. Some white spots also appear on the neck. There is a small chip in the unglazed foot-ring, extending slightly into the base. A bubblelike protrusion is located almost directly over the da character on the base.

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: 86-87, color repro.
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