incised in cursive script on the side, a poetic couplet: The tea boils with a pure fragrance, Friends arrive at the gate. -Keque
(Yamanaka, Chicago); sold May 1941 to Harry G. Steele [1881-1942], Pasadena; his widow, Grace C. Steele [d. 1974]; gift 1972 to NGA.
The teapot is made from a fine white paste and covered with a uniform colorless glaze. Most of the interior is glazed, the foot-ring is carefully trimmed, and the recessed base is glazed. There is a single hole where the spout joins the body.
- 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: 148, color repro.