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Loan Object

Plate

early 17th century

Porcelain, blue and white

4 × 16 3/4 in. (10.16 × 42.55 cm)
Lent by the Peabody Museum of Natural History, YPM ANT 207741
ILE2017.13.11
The loose painting style and brittle porcelain body identify this dish as kraak ware, which was produced primarily for export in certain kilns at Jingdezhen. Millions of examples reached Europe, where they were featured in paintings, were hung on walls and ceilings as architectural decorations, and were emulated at famous European kilns, including Delft. The expanded trade of Chinese and Japanese porcelain contributed to the rage for porcelain that swept Europe in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and ultimately, to the successful creation of porcelain at the Meissen factory in Germany in 1709. Prior to the arrival of Chinese porcelain on the Continent, Europeans dined on vessels made of metal, wood, or a tin-glazed earthenware known as maiolica.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
17th century
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
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