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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.

Technical Summary

This vase rises from a globular lower section to the straight, cylindrical neck, with a slight thickening around the lip. The vessel was made in two parts and luted together at the base of the neck. The porcelain paste is white, its exterior covered with a transparent turquoise glaze that has a very fine crackle pattern. The glaze has a slightly mottled surface and is unevenly applied in some areas. The interior is covered with a colorless glaze. The unglazed foot-ring is beveled, with a slight groove around the exterior. The recessed base, which has a hairline crack, is covered with a colorless glaze.


Morgan 1904-1911, 2:78, no. 1303, pl. 112.
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: 129, color repro.

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