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Inscription

falsely inscribed in seal script on the base in overglaze red enamel in three columns of two characters each: Da Qing Qianlong nian zhi (made in the Qianlong reign of the great Qing dynasty)

Provenance

Harry G. Steele [1881-1942], Pasadena; his widow, Grace C. Steele [d. 1974]; gift 1972 to NGA.

Technical Summary

The interior has a colorless glaze and the recessed base is glazed white. The foot-ring has been ground down; the glaze surface above the foot on the exterior has also been slightly ground.

Bibliography
1998
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: 132, color repro.
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