in 'Phagspa script on the interior wall of the foot in underglaze blue, corresponding phonetically to the Chinese in a horizontal line: Jiajing nian zhi (made in the reign of Jiajing)
(Parish-Watson Gallery, New York); sold to Harry G. Steele [1881-1942], Pasadena; his widow, Grace C. Steele [d. 1974]; gift 1972 to NGA.
The exterior has designs slip-trailed in white onto the surface and covered with yellow and green enamels on the biscuit. The high foot is hollow and glazed with a blue-tinged transparent glaze; the foot-ring is sharply trimmed. There is a hairline crack emanating from the lip; the lip is covered by a brass band.
- 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: 38-39, color repro.