A BLUE AND WHITE 'KRAAK' PORCELAIN VASE | MING DYNASTY, WANLI PERIOD
The pear-shaped body rising from a short tapering foot to a tall narrow neck, moulded around the exterior with pomegranate shaped panels interspersed with reserves containing Buddhist emblems, the neck with a still-leaf band above four lanca characters and a lotus scroll band.
28.2 cm, 11 in.
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Please note this lot will be available for collection after the sale from New Bond Street until 9th November 2018 only, thereafter it will be transferred to Greenford Park Warehouse and available to collect from 13th November onwards.
The vase is in good overall condition. It is slightly leaning to one side. There is a ca. 0.5 cm chip to the rim which is very slightly warped, such as the foot rim. There are expected pinpoints imperfections. Inside the neck, there are expected tiny firing glaze imperfections.
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A very similar vase has been sold into our rooms, London, 12th June 2013, Lot 209.
A related bottle vase with a similar design on the main body but with different bands of motifs on the neck is illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, vol.II, London, 1986, pl. 1398 ; another in Maura Rinaldi, Kraak Porcelain, London, 1989, pl. 213.