A late Ming Chinese Kraak porcelain Dish, Wanli to Chongzhen period, circa 1600-30

This moulded Kraak porcelain dish with barbed rim is painted in underglaze blue with a bird on a rock surrounded by foliage. The border consists of ten auspicious symbols and flowers.

Signifying wealth and exoticism, Ming Dynasty Kraak porcelain often features in still-life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age.

Provenance: The Dr Hans Ostelius Collection.

Condition: Minor frits and losses to the rim and impurities in the manufacture. Firing cracks to the centre. Small loss to the foot rim caused during removal from the kiln. The base with chatter marks and grit adhering to the glaze. Grit was used to prevent wares from sticking in the kiln.

Dimensions: Diameter 21.1 cm