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Thomas B. Clarke [1848-1931], New York; 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.

Technical Summary

There is an errant nub of clay fired onto the upper shoulder. Numerous small pinholes impart an appearance like that of orange peel to the vessel's surface. The underlying glaze, which can be observed inside the vessel and on the base, is a light bluish gray. Its fine-meshed crackle is punctuated by a few very wide and long lines underneath the pale green enamel, creating an effect rather like cracked ice. The slightly darker color of the crackle, especially on the base, indicates that a small amount of stain may have been applied to the vessel before its second firing. The underlying glaze ends fairly neatly above the foot; in some places a little enamel runs over onto the unglazed light brown area encompassing the foot-ring and in others it does not cover the glaze. The paste is particularly smooth and refined.


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: 111, color repro.

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