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Ming Kraak pear shaped bottle vase

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Category
Period
Reference
5615
Height
29 cm (11 1/2")
Ming blue and white Kraak bottle vase made for export to Europe at the kilns of Jingdezhen.

The decoration is painted in the typical style with panels separated with sketchily painted borders. The panels are painted with important and auspicious scholars items and chrysanthemums one of the four noble flowers.

Kraak ware was made for export and is often more crudely potted compared to other pieces from this period. Most of the pieces were for the Dutch and British East India Companies and were then sold as decoration for the large Manorial homes or Stately houses. The porcelain was cheaper than an oil painting to lighten a room. The Kraak is often seen in Dutch oil painting of the time.

Height
29 cm (11 1/2")
Year
c 1610
Medium
Porcelain
Country
China
Literature
See Kraak Porcelain by Maura Rinaldi
Condition
Overall good, there is a very small hair line to the neck, there is a firing flaw around the bottom luting line which goes around just under half of the vase. This where the bottle was made in two pieces and has become a little separated while firing. A