Dish. Provenance: China. Dating: Wanli period (1573-1620) c.1615-1630. Small dish on a footring with a glazed base an everted lip and a foliated edge, decorated in underglaze blue. According to M. Rinaldi in her book; Kraak porcelain. A moment in history of trade, London 1989, p.109, this dish can be classified as a border VIII dish. In Border VIII dishes rims are always straight with a slightly flared and foliated edge. The panels on the gently curved cavetto are transformed into round or drop-shaped medallions. These are separated from the usual eight pointed centre medallion by thickly drawn brackets. Dishes of this type are usually small (from 13 to 20 cm in diameter). Auspicious symbols have become the most common decoration in the centre medallions, but floral motifs or animal appear as well. The grasshopper emerges as a favourite decoration. The underside is divided into sections by a single line bifurcated near the foot rim. Each section contains stylized symbols or jewels and dots. (source: M. Rinaldi, Kraak porcelain. A moment in history of trade, London 1989).In the centre a decoration of a bird perched on a rock next to a flowering chrysanthemum encircled by an eight pointed scalloped medallion. On the cavetto eight round, or onion shaped, medallions, decorated with peaches, the emblem of marriage and symbol of immortality and springtime, rui heads, head of the sceptre Rui, signifying "as you wish", because the head is similar to the conventionalised form of a lingzi, it is also an emblem of longevity, and Musical stones, one of the Eight Precious Symbols, a symbol of Good Luck, also an emblem of harmony. In between each medallion a single looped bow. On the exterior wall eight broad panels with lines and dots. (source: C.L. van der Pijl-Ketel, ed., The ceramic load of the "Witte Leeuw" (1613), catalogue Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 1982). Dimensions: Height: 36 mm (1.41 inch), Diameter: 137 mm (5.39 inch), Diameter of footring: 71 mm (2.79 inch). Condition: Two firing flaws to the centre with connected hairlines and a tiny glaze chip to the rim. References: M. Rinaldi, Kraak porcelain. A moment in history of trade, London 1989, p.109, Classification of Dishes, Border VIII, Pl. 104. C.L. van der Pijl-Ketel, The ceramic load of the "Witte Leeuw" (1613), Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 1982, pp. 270-283.