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plate, Kraak style, white ground with dark cobalt decoration in ‘Arita’ manner with a vase of florals to centre. The first trade links with Europe were established in 1557 when the Portuguese reached China by sea. They were established to break the grip held on trade by the Portuguese in South East Asia. The Dutch East India Company operated from 1602. Before the Dutch established direct trade with China, they raided Portuguese ships – carracks – carrying cargoes of blue and white porcelain to Europe. The style of these plates came to be known as Kraak ware. Kraak ware is a type of porcelain of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties decorated in panels of repeating or partly repeating designs. Kraak porcelain was the first Chinese porcelain to reach Europe in quantity and was later imitated in Delft pottery.
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porcelain, underglaze cobalt blue
35 x dia 220 mm
Foundation Collection, 1989
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