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Chinese Blue and White Kraak-Ware Porcelain Bowl

WANLI PERIOD, CA: MID-16th CENTURY

Description

Of fine form and thinly potted. Decorated on the exterior with a flower reserve and a band of horses leaping over crested waves; the interior with rondels and a harbor scene with pagodas. All finely painted in deep underglaze blue.

Diameter: 8 ½ inches (21.5 cm.)

Ex: Private American Collection

An almost identical Bowl in an early English mount is in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University (Leonard Daneham Cunliffe Collection, 1938). 

The decoration on this bowl is most interesting. The motif of horses leaping over the waves is known from the early Ming dynasty and would be a well known motif later in the mid 17th century. This Bowl therefore is an interesting predecessor in decoration. But the real remarkable aspect of this Bowl, is its exuberant decoration on its interior. This is quite unusual to this extent, and it is done with particularly fine painting and a vibrant tone of the blue.

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