Named Klapmutsen (after the Dutch word for a type of woollen cap whose shape they resemble) bowls such as this are the most typical and most un-Chinese of all Kraak porcelain shapes. The unusual shape may be due to the Dutch use of heavy spoons, which required a sturdy rim for them to rest on.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.139.
Bowl with everted rim with panels of foliage and auspicious emblems
Place where the work was made
Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
6.0 x 21.1 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1990
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Chinese Ceramics, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Aug 1965–12 Sep 1965
Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 1977–26 Jun 1977
Referenced in 3 publications
Mr V V W Fretwell, Mr L G Harrison, Ivan McMeekin and J. Hepburn Myrtle (Compilators), Chinese ceramics, Sydney, 1965, 25. cat.no. 96
J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 25. cat.no. 35
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 139 (colour illus.).