chinese crackle charger
by alexis heins
I purchased an interesting charger at an antique shop. It is has a mark on the back with a date of 1426 to 1435 (or so my Japanese friends tell me).
It is of crackle design and heavy for porcelain.
The main image in the center is a white, crackled, high gloss dragon-horse. The image itself sits above the base plate. The picture depicts the dragon-horse jumping over a mountain range.
Also visible on the charger (with the dragon-horse hoofs leveled), at about 11:00 o'clock and 2:00 o;clock, is what appears to be "clouds" that look like dragon faces.
There are two other "clouds" also touting faces (one at about 9:30 the other at about 3:30) both behind mountains.
At the bottom of the plate is what appears to be dragon claws.
I am so out of my element. Have you every seen anything like this item? Please let me know.