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    Sale 2808

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    15 - 16 December 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 153

    A Chinese late Ming blue and white 'kraak porselein' kendi

    WANLI (1573-1619)

    Price Realised  


    A Chinese late Ming blue and white 'kraak porselein' kendi
    Wanli (1573-1619)
    The globular body surmounted by a tall cylindrical neck flaring towards a star-shaped mouthrim, the slender spout bending at the end and applied with branch-like supports, the body lobed into six panels, painted with floral designs, below a key-fret border at the shoulder, the neck painted with birds perched on flowering branches, minor restoration, two hairline cracks, chip to spout
    17 cm. high

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    The popular name for these kendi's is 'pomegranate ewer' because of their star-shaped mouth rim. A very similar ewer in the Groninger Museum, Groningen is illustrated by Maura Rinaldi in Kraak Porcelain, London, 1989, p. 177, Pl. 225, where the author suggest a dating of circa 1600-1610.
    A similar kendi was sold in our London Rooms, King Street, 8 November 2005, lot 18.

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