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dish

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1985,1119.38

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with underglaze blue 'kraak'-type decoration. This dish has rounded sides, a wide flat upturned rim with a bracket-lobed edge, a concave base with chatter marks and a foot ring with rough grit adhesions. Inside the dish is decorated in 'kraak' style (see BM 1925.0512.1 and BM 1927.0419.1) with a singing bird perched on a rock in the shade of a giant tree peony. This is bordered with an eight-lobed frame with maze and scale diapers alternately filling the space to the well. The rim and cavetto are treated as a single decorative area with eight large panels, alternately framing 'lingzhi' fungus and flowers. In between are tassel motifs in narrow bands with scale and diaper borders. Outside five roundels are hastily executed and are separated by narrow bands. The glaze has dulled as a result of immersion in water for over three hundred years on the sea bed before discovery during the retrieval of the contents of the Hatcher wreck (see BM 1984.0303.11a and b).

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1643 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 29.9 centimetres
    • Height: 5.3 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Harrison-Hall 2001:
    Such dishes were perhaps the most commonly exported ceramic to Europe during the first half of the seventeenth century. For information on a wide variety of 'kraak'-ware designs see Rinaldi 1989.Harrison-Hall and Krahl 1994:
    This vessel, along with BM 1984.0303.7, 8, 10, 16, 19 and 6, belongs to a group of 23,000 underglaze-blue decorated pieces recovered from the wreck of an unidentified Asian ship in the South China Sea (Sheaf and Kilburn, 1988, pp. 12 - 80). Its cargo consisted basically of two different types of ware made at Jingdezhen at the end of the Ming dynasty: very late versions of 'kraak' porcelain, such as the dish in the present group, and examples of 'Transitional' porcelain, such as the jar and mustard pots. The discovery of two covers for oviform jar's inscribed with a cyclical date corresponding to 1643 make a fairly precise dating of the wreck possible. This ship may have been on its way to Indonesia, probably carrying besides porcelain, also spices, silk and other commodities for sale to the Dutch, whose East India Company had offices in Batavia, modern Jakarta, Indonesia.

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  • Bibliography

    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 1994 10 bibliographic details
    • Harrison-Hall 2001 12:57 bibliographic details
    • Vainker 1991 pp 152&153; fig.114 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1994, Taiwan, National Museum of History, Ancient Chinese Trade Ceramics

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition date

    1985

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1985,1119.38

A porcelain dish with rounded sides, a wide flat upturned rim with a bracket-lobed edge, a concave base with chatter marks and a foot ring with rough grit adhesions. Decorated in underglaze blue in 'kraak' style with a singing bird perched on a rock in the shade of a giant tree peony, within aan eight-lobed frame with maze and scale patterns alternately filling the space to the well. The rim and cavetto painted with eight large panels, alternately framing lingzhi fungus and flowers, in between are tassel motifs in narrow bands with scale and diaper borders. The outside with five roundels hastily executed and separated by narrow bands. The glaze has dulled as a result of the immersion in water over three hundred years on the sea bed.

A porcelain dish with rounded sides, a wide flat upturned rim with a bracket-lobed edge, a concave base with chatter marks and a foot ring with rough grit adhesions. Decorated in underglaze blue in 'kraak' style with a singing bird perched on a rock in the shade of a giant tree peony, within aan eight-lobed frame with maze and scale patterns alternately filling the space to the well. The rim and cavetto painted with eight large panels, alternately framing lingzhi fungus and flowers, in between are tassel motifs in narrow bands with scale and diaper borders. The outside with five roundels hastily executed and separated by narrow bands. The glaze has dulled as a result of the immersion in water over three hundred years on the sea bed.

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