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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

Both the base and foot are unglazed and covered with a dark brown wash. Much of the wash has worn off the foot-ring, revealing the beige body. The underlying glaze, visible in a broad band at the mouth rim and in the interior, is grayish white; the crackle is much finer and more even than that of 1942.9.533. The jar appears stained: A few drops of green enamel dot both the inside and outside of the lip, ending in a very uneven line at the foot, sometimes dribbling over the underlying glaze, sometimes not covering it all. A few brown specks and some pinholes can be seen. Some iridescence in the green surface is visible when the jar is moved around under light.


Morgan 1904-1911, 2:91, no. 1387.
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 21.
Christensen, Erwin O. Chinese Porcelains of the Widener Collection. Washington, 1947 (rev. ed. 1956): 23, repro.; 1956, 23-24, 27, fig. 10d.
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: 122-123, color repro.

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