Ming Blue and White Kraak Porcelain Wine Ewer, Wanli (1573-1620) or Tianqi (1621-1627). Painted in a Strong Tone of Cobalt Blue in the `Pencilled` Style. Decorated with Panels of Precious Objects and Flowers.
Condition: No damage but a dark firing crack to the interior, this shows through a a glaze in on the front.
Size: Height : 19.5 cm (7 3/4 inches).
References:For three Ming Kraak Ware Porcelain wine pots of this type see : Kraak Porcelain, A Moment in the History of Trade (Maura Rinaldi, Bamboo Publishing,1989) Pages 182-183 Shape I.4: wine pots.
For another Ming winepot of this type see : Transitional Wares and Their Forerunners (The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong, 1981) Page 82 Item 27. Dated to c.1610 - 1620.
A further Ming porcelain wine ewer of this form and design was recovered from the wreck of the Dutch ship Witte Leeuw of 1613. See : The Ceramic Load of the Witte Leeuw 1613 (Edited by C.L van der Pijl-Ketel, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1982, ISBN 90-9309-6) pages 128 and 129. The catalogue illustrates a related wine ewer from a Flemish painting in the National Gallery in London dated to c.1620 on page 34.
For a Ming porcelain ewer of this shape and design see our `Sold Items` number 20120.