A Wanli Kraak Ware Saucer Shaped Porcelain Dish
A Fine Wanli Kraak Ware Saucer Shaped Porcelain Dish c.1590 – 1615. Perhaps made at Shibaqiao Kilns, part of Jingdezhen, Jiangxi (see references). The moulded double chrysanthemum petal rim gives this Kraak porcelain dish its distinctive look. The central design is very well painted and shows a crane on a promontory with a cloud covered pine tree. There are two small birds flying over the crane’s head and a waterfall is too the left. The scene is overlapped by typical Kraak diaper panels. Shards of a Kraak saucer-dish were excavated at Santa Fe La Vieja, Argentina. Archaeology, as well as extant pieces shows that this type of Kraak porcelain was popular in Portugal and Spain as well as their colonies in the New World. See, Jingdezhen to the World, The Lurie Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain from the Late Ming (Teresa Canepa, 2019. ISBN 978-1-912168-09-5) pages 130-131 plate 38.
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- In excellent condition, perhaps one or two minute glaze frits.The back has scratches to the wet clay prior to glazing and firing, see photographs.
- Diameter 20.5 cm (8 inches)
- From a Private English Collection of Japanese and Chinese Porcelain from the 17th and 18th Century.
- Stock number
- 2 5 0 9 1
- The first archaeological evidence for this type of Kraak saucer-dish with double chrysanthemum petal rim are shards from the Portuguese nau Santo Alberto, sunk in 1593. A shard which is very similar to the present dish was excavated at the Shibaqiao Kilns part of Jingdezhen, Jiangxi. Shards of a Kraak saucer-dish with double chrysanthemum petal rim were also excavated at Santa Fe La Vieja, Argentina. For a dish of this type with two deer see : Jingdezhen to the World, The Lurie Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain from the Late Ming (Teresa Canepa, 2019. ISBN 978-1-912168-09-5) pages 130-131 plate 38.