Rinaldi, Group IV

Wanli, China, c1605-15



Of good strong color, the deep round dish with a flattened lightly barbed rim,
the central roundel painted with "auspicious symbols",
including a scroll above a jar and ruyi scepter, and possibly a stylized pomegranate,
against a ribbon scrolls and tassels, encircled by two fine blue lines;
the cavetto having four broad panels of irregularly shaped ovals
of peach bloom sprays and artemesia leaves flanked by brackets,
alternating with four narrow panels of beaded pendants;
the rim slightly everted and painted with four oval cartouches of peaches
alternating with ruyi heads reserved on alternating scale- and trellis-diapered grounds;
the rim verso with three small flowers having tendrils ending in small leaves;
the sides painted with four lobed jewel-filled ovals,
alternating with four narrow panels of stylized "lingzhi" (mushrooms)

sided by vertical lines


See "Kraak Porcelain", Rinaldi, Pl. 138, p. 128, for a similarly painted example


Klapmutsen were made during the Wanli period for European use,

and exported via the Dutch East India Company.

The rim was flattened (in comparison to the Chinese taste bowl)

for support of the longer 17th century European spoon.

It is reported that these bowls were likely used to serve strawberries, cherries and other fruits -

and still being used today thusly on special occasions.


Condition : Excellent; expected light fritting to the high points on the outer rim;
several small burst glaze bubbleS to the interior, as well as the usual glaze skips here and there;

some normal sand adhesion to footrim


5.75" Wide x 2.75" Deep


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Showing kiln adhesions and chatter marks











Also See A Similar Klapmutsen :


Ming Kraak Klapmutsen, Rinaldi Group V, c1600-1620


Ming Kraak Porcelain Klapmutsen, Rinaldi, Group V, Wanli, China, c1600-20















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Ming Dynasty Kraak Porcelain Klapmutsen, Rinaldi, Group IV, Wanli, c1605-15 


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