29 September 1999
A rare Chinese late Ming blue and white 'kraak porselein' charger
Painted to the centre with a tiger prancing in a fenced garden towards a Daoist figure waving to rings, within a band of meandering foliage and lotus-heads, surrounded on the well and broad rim with eight radiating panels of three different harvesting scenes and one of two scholars between branches of blossoming flowers (rim frittings)
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Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, C.J.A Jrg and J. van Campen, Catalogue, p. 63, pl. 47b; and M. Rinaldi, Kraak Porcelain, London, 1989, pl. 196 and 103.
It is uncommon to find a tiger depicted on 'kraak' porcelain. In the Rijksmuseum there is an example of a 'kraak porselein' bowl depicting a tiger in the inner panel although it is not accompagnied by a Daoist figure. However, there is a polychrome Swatow dish illustrated by K. Saito, Toji Taikei, vol. 45, 'Gosu-aka-e', Nanking-aka-e with a similar Daoist figure waving two rings at a tiger below another figure extracting a flaming pearl from the mouth of a dragon. In Chinese mythology, the tiger and dragon are contrasted with eachother when representing the good and evil forces in Nature.
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