Fine & Rare Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Kraak Porcelain Dish
This very rare and unusual fine quality moulded "kraak" porcelain dish was made toward the end of the Wanli reign (1573 - 1620) of the Ming Dynasty. It has a scalloped rim and the central design features two deer in a landscape. The pattern surrounding the cavetto is most unusual and dishes with such a border are described in, what many collectors consider to be the kraak "bible", "Kraak Porcelain" by Maura Rinaldi, as "Dishes with this type of border are so rare, and the information so scarce, that it seems unnecessary to give them a specific border number" (other kraak dishes usually having a specific and numbered border type). The underside of the dish is decorated quite simply with a geometric pattern surrounding the foot ring.
Diameter 20.25 cm (8 inches). As is common with such "kraak" porcelain, there is some "fritting" to the glaze at the rim edge. This dish has a good deep ring when tapped and is free from any repair or restoration; it is in fine condition.
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