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)
Richard Bennett, Northampton, England; sold 1911 to (Gorer, London); (Dreicer & Co., New York, agents of Gorer, London); 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.
- Catalogue of the Collection of Old Chinese Porcelains formed by Richard Bennett, Thornby Hall, Northampton, Gorer, London, 1911, 74, no. 369.
- Gorer 1911, 74, no. 369.
- Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 20.
- Christensen, Erwin O. Chinese Porcelains of the Widener Collection. Washington, 1947 (rev. ed. 1956): 30; 1956, 30.
- 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.
The glaze is uneven, ranging in color from very light to a darker blue; near the base on one side a rough white spot protrudes through the glaze. Some crazing of the glaze has occurred at the mouth. There is a small chip on the unglazed foot.