Diana Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Fitzhugh Ruyi Dish c1816
Diana Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Fitzhugh Ruyi Dish c1816
Diana Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Fitzhugh Ruyi Dish c1816
Diana Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Fitzhugh Ruyi Dish c1816
Diana Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Fitzhugh Ruyi Dish c1816

Diana Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Fitzhugh Ruyi Dish c1816

c. 1816 China

Offered by Roger Bradbury Antiques

£3,275 gbp
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A most attractive heart shaped Ruyi dish with the Fitzhugh pattern painted with the fruit of a Lingshi fungus. The centre is finely painted with four Peony blooms and auspicious objects, surrounding and roundel with Pomegranate, finger Citrus and stylised animals. Of the four dishes in the sale Dorian Ball bought two. I have been fortunate to acquire both from him.This is amongst the scarcest pieces of shipwreck cargo that I have come across.
One dish available at this price however, I do have another to make a pair.
In very good condition with no chips, cracks or hairlines.
Complete with it's original auction sticker and Lot no. 56.
The Diana Cargo On the 4th of March 1817, the Diana set sail up the Malacca Strait to Prince of Wales Island under the command of Captain Alexander Lyell. The night was pitch black and so with nothing to guide them, they pressed on blindly to the northwest. As the leadsman called out the water depths with the ship covering 220m a minute, they reduced rapidly from 16 fathoms, to 10! The lookouts peered vainly ahead but can see nothing. However, below the water is Karang Lintang, a submerged cordillera of granite boulders. First Officer James Crichton anxiously debated whether to wake the captain, who, suffering from dysentery, was asleep on his bunk. The Diana effectively ended this debate as she crashed into the rocks, sending everyone sprawling. Thrown from his bunk, Captain Lyell rushed up on deck but is too late to save her. Punctured by a boulder the water poured in and though they tumble the cannon overboard, bring down the topmasts and start the water casks, they could not get her off. Throughout the night, they tried to send a boat back to Malacca for assistance but after it has been driven back for the third time, Lyell orders them to abandon ship. 10 men are left when, after floating free and steering for Malacca, the Diana, settling deeper every minute, suddenly plunged under taking two Lascars and Captain Lyell with it. 176 years later, after discovering records of a lost ship, the Malaysian Historical Salvers (MHS) was awarded a contract to search for an salvage the Diana.
Dimensions
Height 3.00 cm (1.18 inches)
Width 27.40 cm (10.79 inches)
Depth 20.00 cm (7.87 inches)
Stock Code
CP4
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