Fine & Rare Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Kraak Porcelain Dish
This 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. The central design features a bird on a rock within an attractive landscape. The underglaze blue pattern surrounding the scalloped 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 scrolling pattern surrounding the foot ring. There is a tiny amount of "fritting" to the glaze at the rim edge, "chatter" marks around the edge of the flat base and small pieces of kiln grit embedded within the glaze around the foot ring, all of which are common features of such "kraak" porcelain of this period.
Diameter 20 cm. This dish has a good ring when tapped and is free from any repair or restoration; it is in fine condition.
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