Property of a Gentleman
A SET OF SIX BLUE AND WHITE 'KRAAK' DISHES
MING DYNASTY, WANLI PERIOD
comprising: four dishes painted to the central roundel with various figural scenes, below radiating panels of further figures and floral sprigs; and two similarly decorated dishes each rendered with birds and insects amongst floral blossoms
Diameter of the largest 36.4 cm, 14⅜ in.
There are rim fits, nicks to the footrim and expected firing imperfections. Some surface scratches are also visible. There is a hairline (ca. 7.8 cm long) extending from the rim of the dish illustrated on the bottom left of the catalogue; there are three hairlines (each ca. 6.5, 5.8 and 7 cm) extending from the rim of the dish illustrated on the top right the catalogue. The dishes have been mounted, hence the areas beneath the mount have not been examined.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Jorge Welsh Works of Art, London (dish with bird) (according to label).