A large blue and white 'Kraak Porselein' dish, Wanli Period (1573-1619)

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Lot 4. A large blue and white 'Kraak Porselein' dish, Wanli Period (1573-1619). Estimation: USD 2,000 - 3,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016

The dish is decorated in the center with geese and lotus in a riverscape, enclosed by radiating lappets with peaches, fans and double gourds. 20 in. (50.8 cm.) diam. Small spots of pulling to the glaze - a firing crack along the luting line between the rim and the bowl on the reverse, and a few further small firing cracks on the base caused by the manufacturing process of this unusually large dish - some areas of kiln grit adhesion as to be expected - restoration around the rim with associated areas of overpainting and overspray, with possible use of composite material - general surface wear and scratches in keeping with age - a few tiny chips to the foot rim

Provenance: Anthony Gray, London, 1982.

Christie's on line. The Art of China.