16 March 2015
A GROUP OF FOUR BLUE AND WHITE 'KRAAK PORSELEIN' DISHES
CHONGZHEN PERIOD, CIRCA 1643
Each bracket-lobed dish is decorated in the interior with a central cartouche, two with birds, one with a phoenix and one with a mythical beast, enclosed by a band of radiating lappets containing either a Buddhist emblem or a fruit.
8 in. (20.3 cm.) diam.
The Property of Captain Michael Hatcher; Christie's Amsterdam, 14 March 1984.
Collection of Julia and John Curtis.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
212 636 2180
Julia B. Curtis, “Transitionware Made Plain: A Wreck in the South China Sea,” Oriental Art, Volume XXXI, No. 2, Summer, 1985, p. 171, fig. 21 (right, dish with three birds).
How to get clued up on everything from reign marks to firing flaws, palettes, glazes and the different kilns
As well as keeping the bed cool, ancient Chinese ceramic pillows made for auspicious gifts and warded off evil spirits
The Belgian collector, antiques dealer and designer outlines what the art and objects in his library mean to him
The founder of the 1-54 art fair on giving African artists international visibility, growing up with an artist father, and building her own collection