in standard script on the base in underglaze blue in two columns of three characters each enclosed in a double circle: Da Qing Yongzheng nian zhi (made in the Yongzheng reign of the great Qing dynasty)
(Yamanaka, Chicago); sold to Harry G. Steele [1881-1942], Pasadena; his widow, Grace C. Steele [d. 1974]; gift 1972 to NGA.
The piece is covered in a uniform light green celadon glaze. There are two iron spots on the exterior near the rim and two on the interior. The smoothly beveled foot-ring reveals a fine white paste. The base is recessed and glazed.
- 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: 106, color repro.