Dish. Provenance: China. Dating: Wanli period (1573-1620). Dish on a footring with a glazed base and a flattened rim, decorated in underglaze blue. According to M. Rinaldi in her book; Kraak porcelain. A moment in the history of trade, London 1989, p.96, this dish can be classified as a Border VII.3 dish. Borders in this group show a great variety in their decorative motifs. The most common bears the sunflower motif alternating with large and simply drawn symbols. Dishes with similar border were found among the shards from the São Goncalo. (source: M. Rinaldi, Kraak porcelain. A moment in the history of trade, London 1989). In the centre a decoration of a bird in flight and a bird perched on a rock in a marsh landscape with flowering peonies and clouds encircled by an eight pointed scalloped medallion. The carvetto is decorated with eight panels containing peach and auspicious symbols. On the exterior wall five broad panels containing a small circle within a larger circle. Dimensions: Height: 48 mm (1.89 inch), Diameter: 268 mm (10.55 inch), Diameter of footring: 145 mm (5.71 inch). Condition: Two tiny chips and some very tiny glaze frits to the rim. One very short hairline to the rim and three hairlines from the rim to the base. A firing flaw to the rim. References: M. Rinaldi, Kraak porcelain. A moment in the history of trade, London 1989, Classification of Dishes, Border VII.3, p.106, Pl. 97.