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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

The underlying glaze appears almost white near the mouth, where there is a distinct band without green enamel, and grayer on the base. In the interior of the mouth there are only a few crackle lines, while on the exterior the crackle is more uniform. The green enamel is quite dark, with numerous pinholes and a few black spots; it exhibits slight iridescence. There are some minor scratches in the enamel at the shoulder. The base is deeply recessed, and the foot-ring contracts rather sharply and is distinctly wedge-shaped. Traces of the brown wash survive on the unglazed foot-ring, but most has worn away. Some green enamel sweeps over the underlying glaze onto the unglazed foot, but as a thin ribbon rather than discrete drops.


Morgan 1904-1911, 2:85, no. 1354, color pl. 139.
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 22.
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: 114-115, color repro.

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