Blue-and-white kraak style bowl with banana leaf and flowersOn display
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The main overseas markets for Chinese porcelain during the early and mid-seventeenth century were Japan and the Netherlands. The Netherlands was an increasingly powerful maritime nation at that time, with a prosperous urban class.
Blue-and-white Chinese porcelain was a highly sought-after commodity and dishes, plates and cups were often depicted in Dutch still-life paintings. A bowl very similar to this piece appears in Still Life with an Oriental Rug by Willem Kalf (1619-1693) in the Daisy Linda Ward Gallery. This particular bowl was acquired by the Ashmolean in 1991 through exchange with the Groningen Museum and it is likely it had been in the Netherlands from the 17th century until that date.
Blue-and-white kraak style bowl with banana leaf and flowers
Date1600 - 1640
Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644)
Material and technique
porcelain, moulded, with underglaze painting in cobalt-blue
Dimensions5.7 cm (height)
21 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Acquired by exchange with the Groningen Museum, 1991.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 38 | China from AD 800
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Glossary of terms
Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.
Painting applied to ceramic material before a transparent, or monochrome or coloured glaze for Islamic objects, is applied. The technique was initially developed in China.