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A type of Chinese blue and white porcelain produced during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties, decorated with panels of repeating designs. ‘Kraak’ is the Dutch word for ‘carrack’, a Portuguese galleon trading with the East Indies, one of which was captured in 1603 carrying porcelain of this kind. Kraak was the first Chinese porcelain to reach Europe in large quantities and was much imitated at Delft.


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