Fine Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Kraak Porcelain Dish - Wanli
This very attractive "Kraak" porcelain dish was made at the Jingdezhen kilns during the Wanli reign (1573 - 1620) of the Ming Dynasty. The pattern, in underglaze blue of good colour, features in its centre a tasselled double-gourd vase and an artemesia leaf (one of the "eight treasures"). Surrounding this are ten roundels containing peaches and flower blossoms. The underside is more simply decorated with basic floral patterns within eight panels. Although perhaps not immediately obvious, feeling the inner wall reveals that it is moulded with each of the ten roundels fitting inside a circular moulded space.
It is a good size with a diameter of 20 cm. Features of "kraak" ware of this period are "fritting" to the glaze at the rim edge (minimal here), kiln grit within the glaze to the base and "chatter" marks to the base. This dish is a lovely example in fine condition, a good ring when tapped and no restoration or repair.
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