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Inscription

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)

Provenance

Richard Bennett, Northampton, England; sold 1911 to (Gorer, London); (Dreicer and Co., New York, agent for Gorer, London); sold 1913 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
1911
Gorer 1911, 73, no. 366, repro.
1911
Gorer/Blacker 1911, 2:pl. 161, left and right of center vase, not differentiated.
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: 81-83, color repro.
Technical Summary

A large chip appears on the flange at the bottom. There are a few minor glaze flaws, including two small wormlike lines below and to the left of the chip, and some pinholes and scattered dark spots in both the blue glaze and the usual colorless glaze that covers the shallow white base. The glaze thins along the raised edges of the ridge around the neck, on the two semicircular "ears" located on the shoulder, along the slightly rolled neck, and on the somewhat pointed edge of the overhang at the base. The fainter blue of these areas contrasts with the stronger blue of those nearby sections of pooled glaze. The rest of the vase is evenly colored with a pale blue midway between the two extremes.