A Kraakware Ming Blue and White Porcelain Jar, Late Wanli to Chongzhen c.1610 – 1640

A Ming blue and white porcelain jar, Transitional period, late Wanli to Chongzhen c.1610-1640. The kraakware jar is painted with flowering peony, ruyi-shaped clouds and plants.


In excellent, the rim has some wear, some light scratches to the body.
Height : 13.2cm (5 1/4 inches)
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Kraakware :
All Kraak porcelain was made at the main ceramic center in China, Jingdezhen. It does vary in style and quality to quite a large extent, and some scholars include pieces as Kraakware that others do not, so a definitive description is, I feel, rather difficult. The main group of Kraak Porcelain is less controversial. Normally thinly potted, often moulded, it`s designs are divided into decorative panels, with reserves that might include flowers and animals, taotie masks and stylised tulips. The bases often show `Chatter Marks`. These are ridges, that radiate from the center of the base to the foot rim, they are caused by the potters finishing tool catching on the leather hard clay prior to glazing. When one looks at the construction, painting techniques and glazing of Kraak Porcelain it appears similar in many ways to some of the late Ming porcelain made for the Japanese market. I think it is quite possible that they were both made within the same kilns at Jingdezhen.