On base, molded in relief, "noi phu thi doai," the mark of the interior residence of the Western Palace. The piece was made for the favorite concubine of Trinh Sam (r. 1767-1782).
By 1948, Ngo Quynh Dieu, Ris-Orangis, Essonne, France; by inheritance to her daughter, Mrs. Nguyen Anh, Hochiminhville, Vietnam [see note 1]; by 1999, given by Mrs. Anh to Dr. John D. Constable, Sherborn, MA; 2007, gift of Constable to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 27, 2007) NOTES:  At her death Mrs. Ngo Quynh Dieu left her collection of Vietnamese ceramics to her daughter in Vietnam, Mrs. Ahn. Until Mrs. Anh gave part of the collection to John Constable, some pieces remained in the care of Mr. Michelle Becker of Sevres, France.
Gift of John D. Constable
Vietnamese, Le-Trinh period, Trinh Sam government, 1767–82
Truong, Philippe, The Elephant and the Lotus: Vietnamese Ceramics in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2007 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Cat. 197
Overall: 14.5 x 3.4 cm (5 11/16 x 1 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration, inscription noi phu thi doai