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Provenance

(Duveen Brothers, New York and London); sold 1914 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 exterior and the upper part of the interior are covered with green enamel over a gray underlying glaze, which is exposed in those areas where the green glaze is absent, namely in the lower interior and in a very thin line at the mouth rim. Both the underlying glaze and the green enamel end in an even line at the foot. The crackle is uniform and fine-meshed. There are numerous small pinholes and dark spots scattered over the surface of the vessel and a large pinhole in the glaze on the lower pear-shaped portion. Both the unglazed rounded foot-ring and the base are coated with a dark brown wash. The paste appears smooth and white in those areas where the wash has worn off.

Bibliography
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 22.
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: 116-117, color repro.
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