in seal script on the base in underglaze blue in three columns of two characters each: Da Qing Qianlong nian zhi (made in the Qianlong reign of the great Qing dynasty)
Harry G. Steele [1881-1942], Pasadena; his widow, Grace C. Steele [d. 1974]; gift 1972 to NGA.
The gray-green celadon glaze is uniform in tonality over the entire surface. The foot-ring has a light brown slip coating, and the recessed base is 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: 107, color repro.