Chinese kraak blue and white bottle vase, Wanli (1573-1619), of moulded pear-shaped form, decorated to the lower body with five vertical panels of stylised flowers, the long slender neck with further panels containing a tasseled pendant motif below ruyi-head band.
Height: 23.5cm. (9 1/4in.).
Firing fault to the body and small scratch to inner rim
A new type of porcelain, highly transportable and thus an attractive option for overseas trade, was developed at Jingdezhen in around 1580. Mass produced in standardised shapes, such as the bottle vase form represented here, these wares became known as 'kraak' after the Dutch 'carrack' trading ships.