Magnificent, large late 17th, early 18th C. Chinese export charger in the Kraak style attributed to the Late Ming or Early Kangxi period. Decorated in the silvery blue correct for the period with an unctuous glaze. The central with a spray of flowers and a bee. The male flower has had his pollen taken by the bee which is fertilizing the female flower next to him.
This plate was used as a talisman for infertile couples.
Excellent condition with a flea bite on the rim at about 1 o'clock that was incurred prior to glazing and some glazed-over chips on the foot rim incurred when the plate was removed from the kiln. 14.6" wide x 2.4" H. Insured shipping at cost.