M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
RARE MING DYNASTY KRAAK PORCELAIN CHARGER
Wanli, Jingdezheng, China, c1610-30
Rinaldi, Border VII.2
The round slightly barded border having a flat rim, the center painted in a soft blue
with two long-tailed phoenix, the symbol of the Empress of China,
within a complex diapered border,
the rim with large rounded panels of sunflowers and precious objects
alternating with small panels of ribbons between diapering;
the underside with large circles of jewels between narrow panels of stylized lingzhi (sacred mushrooms).
"The phoenix, symbol of the Empress of China, is rarely depicted on Kraak porcelain.
When it appears, it is almost always on dishes with this border
(Border VII.2, complex diapering, with sunflowers and precious objects)."
(Rinaldi, 'Kraak Porcelain', p 104)
The phoenix is also the Chinese symbol of peace and refinement.
The border of this group, having the sunflower panels,
are of the class depicted in 17th century Dutch still-life paintings.
Condition : Excellent, with usual rim fritting and sand adhesions verso
See Rinaldi, "Kraak Porcelain", p 104, Pl. 94, for a very similar plate of the same size and coloration.
12.5" Diameter / 2.25" High
Showing two long tailed phoenix, with details of feathers and eyes solftly picked out in a slightly deeper blue
"A Still Life of a Laid Table, with Plates of Meat and Fish and a Basket of Fruit and Vegetables"
Jacob van Hulsdonck, 1582 – Antwerp – 1647
(note the blue and white dish with sunflower border, lower right)
Image, Courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Art, USA
See Also :
Left : Kraak Porcelain 'Crow' Bowl ('Kraaikoppen')
Wanli, c1600-20, Rinaldi Shape IV.1, 3in. High / 5.5in. Diameter
Center : Rare Ming Kraak Porcelain Charger
Centering 2 Long-Tailed Phoenix, The Symbol of the Empress of China,
rarely found on Kraak porcelains / 12.5" Wide
Right : Ming Large Kraak Porcelain Klapmuts Bowl with Grasshopper & 'Toatie Masks'
Wanli, Rinaldi, Group V, China, c1600-20, 8.5" Wide
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Rare Ming Dynasty Kraak Charger, Centering 2 Phoenix, Symbol of the Empress of China. c1610-30
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