Chinese export
Wanli period
about 1590


Diameter: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with underglaze blue decoration

On View

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


Asia, Europe



A Chinese blue and white ‘kraak porselein’ plate painted in underglaze blue from the Wanli period (1573-1619) with a central shaped roundel with Mandarin ducks at a river-bank, encircled by eight pointed scalloped medallions symbolizing lotus petals filled with flowering plants, Buddhist good-luck symbols (lantern) or Artemisia leaves alternated with narrow panels of jewels in between a diaper or scale pattern. The reverse is undecorated. Marked on the base with six Chinese characters, underglaze.


Two labels on underside:
"Vanderven 40" and "Collection G. Ephis"


George Duff, Lisbon. 2004, sold by Vanderven & Vanderven (dealer), Hertogenbosh, The Netherlands, 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