Chinese Kangxi Blue & White Porcelain Dish (Kraak)
This fine dish was made around 1680 at the famous Jingdezhen kilns, during the Kangxi reign (1662 - 1722) of the Qing Dynasty. It is decorated in underglaze blue of quite an intense colour. The decoration to the centre panel features a grasshopper in a garden surrounded by flower blossoms. Surrounding this are more panels variously containing geometric, flowers and precious objects. To the underside is a continuing floral scroll and an artemisia leaf mark (a symbol of good fortune) within double rings.
This dish was recovered from a shipwreck by Captain Michael Hatcher of "Hatcher Cargo" fame.
Diameter 21.25 cm (8.25 inches). The glaze is, of course, slightly "frosted" from long submersion in seawater but this dish is otherwise in fine condition with no restoration or repair and a good ring when tapped. It is a fine example of its type.
Note: whilst decorated in the "kraak" style of the mid 17th century, dishes such as this dating to the late 17th century are not actually true "kraak" wares. A full explanation is given in the fine book "Kraak Porcelain" by Maura Rinaldi, a book we highly recommend.
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