Chinese porcelain blue and white large Kraak dish with foliate rim, painted in the centre with a frog standing on a rocky promontory beside a stream between a large flowering lotus with leaves and arrow heads and overhanging rockwork, all encircled with six reserves of peaches and precious objects, the underside with roundels.
47cm diameter.
Wanli 1573-1619.

* Formerly in a Japanese private collection.
* Frogs are rarely painted as subject matter on Kraak porcelain, although there is one on a 14cm dish exhibited by the Oriental Ceramic Society in the exhibition of The Animal in Chinese Art, 1968, no. 485.
* Dish fragment featuring a frog, is illustrated by Christiaan J.A. Jörg in Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Ming and Qing Dynasties, no. 38, p. 57.
*Frogs are well-known in this period in the form of kendi’s, and one in the Princessehof Museum, Leeuwarden (inv. 1707) is illustrated in Kraak Porcelain, A Moment in the History of Trade, by Maura Rinaldi, plate 234.

Excellent condition, minute rim frits.

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