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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)


J. Pierpont Morgan [1837-1913], New York; (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.

Exhibition History

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, c. 1910-1911.

Technical Summary

The pale green glaze, applied to the interior of the neck as well as to the exterior of this vessel, thins to an almost pure white at the outer edge of the mouth of the gently everted neck. The glaze also thickens and thins in the carved petals encircling the lower portion of this vase, causing a corresponding darkening and lightening of the design. The vase has a darker hue just under the molded petal band, where the body contracts before a slight rounding of the foot occurs. The glaze ends in a neat line just above the narrow, unglazed foot-ring. The mark is a vivid blue under a colorless glaze. The foot is quite shallow. There is a small dark spot on the interior of the neck.


Morgan 1904-1911, 2:81, no. 1334, pl. 128.
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): 26, 32, repro.; 1956, 30, 32, fig. 14.
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: 101-103, color repro.

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