Lot 166. A large blue and white foliate-rim 'Kraak porcelain' charger, Wanli Period, Early 17th century; 17 1/2in (44.5cm) diameter. Estimate US$ 5,000 - 7,000 (€ 4,200 - 5,900). Sold for US$ 5,100 (€ 4,344). © Bonhams 2001-2021
Well painted in deep cobalt blue with a central medallion enclosing a deer group playing under the pine tree surrounded with lappet panels decorated with flowers and insets, the exterior with a bird perching on a tree branch and set on an unglazed recessed foot.
Property from the Asbjorn Lunde Foundation.
Provenance: C. Gray, London.
Note: Perhaps the most comparable dish to ours was illustrated by Julia B Curtis, in an article entitled 'Transition Ware Made Plain: A Wreck From The South China Sea', Oriental Art, Volume XXXI, no. 2, Summer, 1985, p. 172, fig. 23 and which later was sold at Christie's, New York, 16 March 2015, lot 3504.
For another superb blue and white Wanli period 'Kraak Porselein' dish of slightly larger size, with a horse rather than deer at the center, but with similar layout of the border panels, see Bonhams, London, 12 May 2016, lot 40.
Bonhams. Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Paintings, New York, 20 Sep 2021