A Chinese blue and white 'kraak porselein' bowl

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Origin
China
Period
Wanli period (1573-1619), Ming Dynasty
Material
Porcelain
Dimensions
5 cm
Diameter
14.3 cm

The centre is decorated with a scholar seated at a riverbank, surrounded by cartouches of peach and flowers, the rim with peach and stylised jewels.

It is unclear why the name 'kraak' is used for this type of porcelain. It may stem from the Portuguese vessels, carracks, that used to ship this porcelain to the Western World in the 17th century. Another theory is that it refers to the thinness of the material, 'kraak' in Dutch. 

 

 

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