si (four) incised on the base
(Duveen Brothers, New York and London); sold 1912 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.
The lion head and body was mold formed before being luted together. Mold lines can be seen running along the stomach and back. There are numerous chips on the edges of the pedestal lid. The bottom flange of the pedestal has a deep matte green glaze that is chipped, flaking, and appears to have been heavily overpainted. The base of the pedestal and lid are unglazed and have fabric impressions. The piece has hairline cracks on the top flange of the pedestal. The crack near the rotating ball has been reinforced on the interior with a porcelain block before firing.
- Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 23.
- Christensen, Erwin O. Chinese Porcelains of the Widener Collection. Washington, 1947 (rev. ed. 1956): 18, 20-21.
- 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: 206-207, color repro.