A Rare Transitional Kraak Porcelain Beer Jug or Mug

Chongzhen 1628 - 1644 or Shunzhi 1644 - 1661

A Rare Transitional Kraak Porcelain Beer Jug or Possibly Mug, Late Ming or Early Qing, Chongzhen or Shunzhi c.1640-1650. This large Kraak object was made right at the end of the V.O.C.’s (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) period of commissioning Kraak ware. The Dutch East India Company (V.O.C.) commissioned beer mugs, jugs and other European forms such as mustard pots in the 1630s until around the mid-1650s. The present form is akin to some German stoneware that was popular in the Netherlands and much of Europe at the time. However, this piece was probably based on a Dutch wood model sent over to be copied.

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There is a crack to the neck approximately 2.5 cm long. The luting of the upper part of the handel has opened up in the firing, from this firing crack is a glaze crack c.1 cm. Friting to the extremities.
Height 28.5 cm (11 1/4 inches)
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'Ontbijtje' (Breakfast') by Willem Claesz Heda (1594-1680). Detail.
'Ontbijtje' (Breakfast') by Willem Claesz Heda (1594-1680). Detail.