M457

A rare large Chinese porcelain blue and white Kraak charger painted in the centre with a tiger bearing a wang character on its forehead standing on a rocky promontory beside a pine tree, with overhanging rocks and clouds, encircled by a border with panels of peach branches and precious objects.

20 inches, 50.7 cm diameter.

Wanli, 1573-1619.

Condition: tiny hair crack (not visible under UV light), two tiny holes at the foot rim drilled for hanging.

• Formerly in a French private collection.
• A similar charger of this design and size, in the Museum Pusat, Jakarta, is illustrated by Abu Ridho in The World’s Great Collections, Oriental Ceramics, vol. 3, colour page 37.

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