Artist/maker unknown, Dutch
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This dish shows the strong influence of Ming dynasty Chinese porcelain of the Wanli period (1573–1620) on Delftware. Imported in ships that sailed around the Cape of Good Hope in southern Africa, such wares are often referred to as “Cape” dishes. Alternately, these pieces are called “kraak” porcelain, a name derived from the type of Portuguese ship, a carrack, used to import them from China before the Dutch East India Company incorporated in 1602.