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Ming blue and white kraak bowl

£ 850

Category
Period
Reference
5297
Diameter
14 cm (5 1/2")
Kraak Blue and white Ming bowl with excellent potting with a moulded shape to the sides, and excellent colour and decoration. Painted to the centre with various foliage with flying insects. The four reserves on the rim are painted with flower sprays and four others with ruyi headed mushrooms / Lingzhi. All are separated with a lattice design. The sides of the bowl are painted with four ogival shaped panels which in turn are painted with peach or flower sprays. These panels are still well defined which dates it to the earlier part of the date.

the Underside is painted with roundels with a dot inside separated by quick drawn lines.

The bowls were these shapes so that the spoons of the Europeans, for whom they were made were well supported and did not slide down in the bowl but rested on the edges.

Diameter
14 cm (5 1/2")
Year
1605 - 1620
Medium
porcelain
Country
China
Literature
If you read Rinaldi Kraak Porcelain she defines the bowl as type IV of the design and for a similar border see plate 137.
Condition
Excellent condition. There is in the glaze to the outside a small stress crack to the glaze but not the body