From our Chinese Blue and White Collection, a Transitional Period (1635 - 1650) blue and white kraakware charger of the rare Border IX Type, depicting 2 figures in a central garden setting, surrounded by alternating figures with Iznik style flowers in the border, known as Border IX . See Kraakware, A Moment in the History of Trade, by Maura Rinaldi, pp 112- 115; (Rinaldi's work is widely considered to be the seminal treatise on Chinese kraakware).
The so-called Transitional Period (or Interregnum Period), is the time between the fall of the great Ming Dynasty and the beginning of the Qing Dynasty. Due to the chaos in China at the time and the lack of imperial control over the kilns, the Chinese porcelain painters felt free to experiment with new styles of painting. As a result, various new design motifs emerged during this period, many of which existed for only a few short years. This well painted charger is just such an example, distinguishable by its ogival panels painted with what are referred to as "Iznik" or "Turkoman" style flowers (also sometimes referred to as "Dutch flowers.") This border style is quite rare, and is known to have been produced during a narrow time frame only from 1635 – 1650. Compare this with an 18 inch Border IX charger, Lot 9, Sotheby's sale AM0955 at $12,000 EUR.
Size and Condition: Condition is excellent with some glaze fritting to the edges as expected, but otherwise perfect. As is common with larger kraakware pieces, the dish is slightly warped, and features chatter marks (radiating lines) along with fused sand grit on the base. These are not faults, but are regarded as hallmarks of authenticity and late Ming dating. Chatter marks were caused by the potter’s finishing knife “catching” and “skipping” along the leather hard porcelain as the pieces were turned on the potter’s wheel. Fused sand grit around the footrim is common because these pieces were often sand-fired. 14 1/2 inches in diameter.