20 - 21 May 2003
A late Ming blue and white 'kraak porselein' bottle vase
The pear-shaped body moulded and painted with interlocking pomegranate panels enclosing lotus scrolls below the ba jixiang and geometrical patterns with foliage, the shoulder encircled by crane-leaf reserves on a keyfret pattern ground, beneath chrysanthemum scrollwork and plantain leaves divided by four Lantsha characters, body crack
29.5 cm. high
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Another bottle with similar characters is illustrated by M. Rinaldi, Kraak Porcelain, London, 1989, p. 170, pl. 213, which the author dates to 1590-1610.
A similar example was sold at Christie's Amsterdam, 20 November 2002, lot 149.
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