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Provenance

(Yamanaka & Co., sale, American Art Association, New York, 16-17 February 1915, no. 28). (Duveen Brothers, New York and London); sold 1915 to Peter A. B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from Estate of Peter A. B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; gift 1942 to NGA.

Bibliography
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 20.
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: 90-92, color repro.
Technical Summary

The light blue color is relatively even except where the glaze has pooled slightly at the waist and just below the rim. A few dark spots and pinholes dot the glaze on the exterior; this glaze ends in a fairly even line just above the foot. The porcelain body on the unglazed foot-ring is slightly rough to the touch and bears some rust-colored stains. A few pinholes, a small circular protrusion, and a small black spot mark the grayish white glazed base.

Though this vessel and 1942.9.480 most likely are a pair, they are not completely identical. In comparing the treatment of the slightly recessed bases (covered with colorless glaze) and the unglazed, beveled foot-rings, it can be noted that 1942.9.479 is more carefully finished.