in standard script on the base in underglaze blue in three vertical lines of two characters each: Da Qing Kangxi nian zhi (made in the Kangxi reign of the great Qing dynasty)
(Yamanaka & Co., sale, American Art Association, New York, 16-17 February 1915, no. 31); (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.
- Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 20.
- 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: 86-87, color repro.
The lavender-tinged pale blue glaze ends in an even line just below the exterior edge of the lip. The lip is covered with a colorless glaze, which extends into the interior of the neck. Several small whitish protuberances appear on the shoulder and near the waist. At the neck, near the lip, there is a discolored restoration. Some white spots also appear on the neck. There is a small chip in the unglazed foot-ring, extending slightly into the base. A bubblelike protrusion is located almost directly over the da character on the base.