"Kraak" plate

Dutch (Delft)
late 17th century


Diam. 39 cm (15 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

On View

Art of the Netherlands in the 17th Century Gallery (Gallery 242)





Underglaze blue decoration, the central octagonal reserve with a cricket on a rock below flowering peonies. Deep border has eight large panels alternating with eight smaller panels. Four contain peach/sunflowers and four contain auspicious Daoist symbols. In the style of Wanli porcelain.


Four labels on underside:
"M. Bascourt" [with price overstruck]
"M. Bascourt / Antiquair Expert"
"Veiling Mevr. Vincent Claes / Antwerpen / 1985"
"Collection G. Ephis"


"CK" in underglaze blue on underside


June 12-13, 1985, Vincent Claes sale, Charles Van Herck en Zoon, Antwerp. 2001, sold by Michel Bascourt (dealer), Antwerp, to the G. Ephis collection (private collector), France; 2012, sold by the G. Ephis collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012).

Credit Line

The G. Ephis Collection—Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously, Charles Bain Hoyt Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Mary S. and Edward J. Holmes Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, Tamara Petrosian Davis Sculpture Fund, John Lowell Gardner Fund, Seth K. Sweetser Fund, H. E. Bolles Fund, and funds by exchange from the Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection-Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger