Harry G. Steele [1881-1942], Pasadena; his widow, Grace C. Steele [d. 1974]; gift 1972 to NGA.
The relatively transparent and uniform turquoise glaze, which has a dense crackle pattern throughout, covers both the interior and exterior of the vase. The carefully trimmed foot-ring reveals a dense gray paste. The glaze has been cleaned off the foot and has an uneven edge along the interior of the foot-ring. A thin layer of glaze remains on the base, beneath which are the spiraling marks of a trimming tool.
- 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: 130, color repro.