BFE14 A Kraak porcelain dish

Second quarter of the 17th century 

The dish has rounded sides with everted rim. The centre is painted with a scholar with an attendant standing behind his back holding a fan in a balustraded garden under an overhanging rock, enclosed by a chrysanthemum scroll. The well and rim are painted with eight panels alternately with figure scenes showing a wood gatherer carrying a shoulder pole, a fisherman with a fishing rod and a fish, a farmer with a hoe, and a scholar holding a leafy spray, with stylised flower sprays alternately with narrow floral panels. The reverse is painted with floral medallions alternating with narrow panels of prunus, bamboo and pine
Diameter 32 cm

Provenance: An old Dutch private collection 

Ceramics > Early Ceramics