Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Kendi - Hatcher Cargo
This blue & white porcelain kendi is part of the "Hatcher Cargo", recovered in the 1980s by Captain Michael Hatcher from the "Hatcher junk" (dated to c.1643 - 1646). The underglaze blue decoration is in kraak style and features crane and floral motifs. The body and neck have been made separately, the join of the neck to the body being evident in a line of crackle to the glaze that surrounds part of the neck (let us stress that this is not a repair !). This is quite a small example of a kendi with a height of 13.75 cm (5.5 inches). It is in good condition with no repair or restoration although some of the glaze has flaked from the very edge of the neck and the end of the spout.
For information we show identical examples illustrated in the fine 1988 Christie's book "The Hatcher Porcelain Cargoes, The Complete Record". Similar examples are also illustrated in Maura Rinaldi's "Kraak Porcelain" book.
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