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 at the famous Jingdezhen kilns. It has a scalloped cavetto and the underglaze pattern is a deep blue. The central design features two birds, presumably pheasants, one standing and one in flight, within an attractive 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 very simply with two thin blue lines around the foot ring. As is common with such "kraak" porcelain, there are small pieces of kiln grit embedded within the glaze in places; there is minimal "fritting" of the glaze at the very rim edge.
Diameter 18 cm (7 inches). 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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