in standard script on the base in underglaze blue in two columns of two characters each: Qinghua zhenqi (Precious vessel of the Hall of Pure Splendor)
(Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York); sold December 1940 to Harry G. Steele [1881-1942], Pasadena; his widow, Grace C. Steele [d. 1974]; gift 1972 to NGA.
The bowl has a pronounced S-curve profile, a rounded foot-ring, and a recessed and glazed base. The interior is covered by a slightly mottled yellow enamel; the exterior is decorated with incised decoration under the glaze.
- 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: 209, color repro.