A Kraakware Charger
A Kraakware Charger

A Kraakware Charger

c. 1600 China

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An early 17th Century blue and white porcelain Kraakware charger.

(Hairline crack to one side)

Using a technique perfected during the Ming dynasty, Kraak porcelain was often painted using a glazed cobalt blue. Underglazing is a method of applying the pigment to the ceramic surface before it is completely enamelled thus making the decoration completely durable.

Divided into compartments or panels, each decorated with a distinct image, kraak porcelain’s surface was generally painted with various traditional Chinese motives, such as peonies and chrysanthemums, and classic Buddhist emblems.

There are a few hypothesis concerning the etymology of the name “kraak,” with common notion holding that it ties to the Carracks, the Portuguese ships originally used for transporting this fragile cargo.
Diameter 14.25 inch (36.19 cm)
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