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Provenance

(Duveen Brothers, New York and London); sold 1912 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: 22.
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: 118-119, color repro.
Technical Summary

There is an iridescent cast to the overlying green enamel that is basically dark green but varies in hue as a result of uneven application. The vase is covered by numerous surface scratches. Some traces of brown wash survive on the unglazed foot. Although the underlying glaze ends relatively neatly above the foot, the green enamel flows over the brown wash in some places. The green enamel at the mouth rim is also noticeably uneven. The shallow base is covered with a grayish white glaze with a medium-size crackle. One long, open crack through the enamel and underlying glaze runs from the top of the shoulder almost to the base; it does not penetrate the vessel's body.