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A Small Kraak Dish – Japanese – Late Edo to early Meiji
This is a rather unusual small dish done in the style of Chinese Kraak ceramics. This Kraak porcelain dish is a Japanese version of Chinese Kraak porcelain. The history of Kraak ceramics in various aspects of the designs that can be seen in the standard reference book – “Kraak Porcelain - A Moment in the History of Trade” by Maura Rinaldi, Bamboo Publishing Ltd, London, 1989. The center of the dish features a design similar to that on page 203, bottom left – A bird on a rock in a surrounding landscape. The design of the back the dish is the somewhat similar that seen as can be seen on page p.91 of Rinaldi. The border is an amalgam of many different Kraak border designs. In the center of the footed base is an apocryphal signature Chinese Chenghua period, Ming Dynasty, 1465-1487.

The mixture of central, border and bottom design – along with a copy of a six character Chinese Reign mark leads us to the conclusion that it is a later Japanese Arita dish in the Kraak style, probably from the late 18th to early 19th century. We have found no Chinese Kraak pieces with the nien hao mark of Chinese emperors. The dish measures 3 Ό” diameter and is 1” high – an unusually small example of Kraak. It is in excellent condition – some light fritting on the rim as is common in these items. No cracks, chips or restorations.

Kraak porcelain is a type of Chinese export porcelain produced from the Wanli reign (1563-1620) until around 1640. It is named after the Portuguese ships (Carracks), in which it was transported – as ballast. Kraak was the first Chinese export ware to arrive in Europe in large quantities. It is Blue and White, decorated with stylized flowers such as peonies and chrysanthemums, and with wide border panels. Wares included large dishes, bowls and vases. Pieces are often warped and fused and have tool chatter marks on the bases. Arita and Delft potters copied Kraak potters.

Most Japanese Kraak copies were decorated in blue and white. In Holland Japanese Kraak copies were not popular and few were imported. However from the 17th century Japanese porcelains were much in demand in all eastern markets supplied by the Dutch. During the late 19th century there was a Japanese revival of Kraak copies. The size and rarity of this small Japanese Kraak piece would make a fine addition to a collection of Kraak.



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