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Inscription

falsely inscribed in standard script on the base in underglaze blue in two columns of three characters each: Da Ming Chenghua nian zhi (made in the Chenghua reign of the great Ming dynasty)

Provenance

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

Technical Summary

The narrow foot-ring is rounded, and the base recessed and glazed over the spurious Chenghua marks.

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: 228, color repro.
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