"Kraak" plate

Portuguese (Lisbon)
about 1640-1650


Diam. 37 cm (14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware

Not On View





Large plate decorated in underglaze blue. Center has two birds standing among flowers. The border is divided into eight large panels with alternating sunflowers and lozenge-shaped (artemesia?) leaves, in imitation of Chinese Wanli models.


2008, sold by Jose de Noronha (dealer), Lisbon, 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