We are pleased to offer this small gem of Chinese blue and white porcelain. Our “Kraak” Klapmuts bowl was made in the porcelain-producing center of Jingdezhen for export to Europe over 300 years ago, circa 1700. The central medallion is painted with a single bird perched upon a large rock. The multiple shades of cobalt blue combined with the silky smooth glaze enhance the beautiful design.
The decoration of the bowl is hand-painted in the “Kraak” style. This motif can often be found in Late Ming and Qing Imperial Chinese decorative designs. The cavetto has a traditional Chinese design of four oblong panels filled with floral sprays. The rim of the bowl flares out, and the edge is slightly scalloped. The underside of the bowl is decorated with roundels and panels that are typically found on this type of “Kraak” ware.
Dimensions: 1.75″ tall x 5.85″ in diameter
Background of the Klapmuts form:
Klapmuts is the typical Chinese export blue and white bowl made for the Dutch market in the late Ming or early Qing dynasty. In 17th century Europe soups and stews were staples of the diet, and there was strong demand for this type of bowl.
Reference: See Maria Rinaldi “Kraak Porcelain, A Moment in the History of Trade” page 106, plate 97.