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A Rare and Fine Chinese Ming Blue and White Kraak Bowl.

Of imposing size, the deep rounded sides rising from a tapered foot to a subtly foliated rim, the interior centered with a large medallion of an official, standing on a terrace with chequered floor, he is carrying a ruyi sceptre, in the background plantain issuing from stylised rockwork, the cavetto with panels with figural scenes and  houses divided by floral motifs, the exterior painted with soldiers within a mountainous, cloud-filled landscape.

PERIOD: First half of the 17th century, Chongzheng (1628-1643)

PROVENANCE

Bluett & Sons Ltd., London, 28th February 1987.

LITERATURE

It is rare to find such a bowl with kraak style painting inside and 'Chinese taste' style painting on the outside.  This bowl is extremely fine.  I have occasionally  seen examples  with two styles of painting but in this quality I have only seen three others.
For a discussion on Kraak porcelain generally, see M. Rinaldi's work,  Kraak Porselein, A Moment in the History of Trade, London, 1989.

Dimensions

Diameter c.35 cm.; 13.75 inches

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Stock number

BH43
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