|Three pieces of Chinese blue and white ceramics from the S. W. Jackman Collection are displayed in the "Arts and Economy" case. As European nations increased their trade with the Orient, items such as these were sought by collectors, and emulated by European artists and craftsmen.|
China, c. 1700
This is an example of Kraak porcelain. The cup has alternating panels of figures and landscapes. The saucer features a warrior on horseback at the centre with alternating panels of flowers and geometric designs radiating from the centre.
Kraak, or "carrack" is the name for the blue and white porcelains "brought to Europe in Portugese ships which were known as Carracks. The decoration is similar to the period of Emperor Wan-Li (1573-1619), and the ware is thin, hard, crisp, resonant, and printed in greyish-blue. This kind of porcelain was looted by the Dutch soon after 1600 from returning Portugese ships, and sold by them throughout Europe. It was termed 'kraak porselein' in Holland, where it was also copied in tin-glazed ware at Delft."
Bibliography: Savage, George, Dictionary of Antiques; Vollmer, Keall, Nagai-Berthrong, Silk roads - China Ships.
China, K'ang Hsi Period
This saucer dish has a scalloped rim and a crentral motif of flowers and crickets.
Baluster Vase; Cover
Floral motifs and dragons in blue decorate the white ground of this lidded baluster vase.
Each of the six rings in this set is etched with a different scene with an Arabic theme. The postal box in which the rings were originally stored states, "From Lehroon Silversmiths, Amara, --Capt. Hugh Page--, c/o Messers Thos Cook and Sons Vancouver." The post office stamp is dated Dec. 13 (?) 1929. Further research might reveal how John and Katharine Maltwood acquired the set.