Christies Provenance Diana Shipwreck Cargo Cockerel Bird Figure c1816
Christies Provenance Diana Shipwreck Cargo Cockerel Bird Figure c1816
Christies Provenance Diana Shipwreck Cargo Cockerel Bird Figure c1816
Christies Provenance Diana Shipwreck Cargo Cockerel Bird Figure c1816
Christies Provenance Diana Shipwreck Cargo Cockerel Bird Figure c1816
Christies Provenance Diana Shipwreck Cargo Cockerel Bird Figure c1816

Christies Provenance Diana Shipwreck Cargo Cockerel Bird Figure c1816

c. 1816 China

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£365 gbp
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This amusing toy is modelled as a crowing Cockerel, Glazed in Honey and Brown colours. Parts of the head and crop have attracted marine life where it is unglazed. Freely potted with great character in good condition. I have had a few Cargo toys from the Diana shipwreck , This One is a much Larger example. For those who have a Larger budget, These toys are most impressive in sets of Three different Types! Each figure will be supplied with its own certificate of authenticity from myself and print out of the shipwreck story. The underside of each retains the original Christies auction sticker with lot numbers which can be cross checked with the original auction catalogue.

Size:
7"inches High
4"inches Wide
Provenance: Each shipwreck item can be cross checked with its original auction catalogue, this piece relating to the Christies Amsterdam sale Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th March 1995

The Ship:

Diana had been a ‘country ship’ licenced to trade between the English East India Company HEIC ruled India and Canton, carrying cotton and opium to the Chinese, and returning with assorted ‘China artiicles’ to Calcutta and Madras.
She made one round trip per year, out with the late summer monsoon and back with the early Spring one. Thanks to the (illegal) opium trade, it was a hugely lucrative business, and the country ships returned every year with massive trade surpluses, these surpluses took the form either of bills drawn on the HEIC in London or were carried in cash as Spanish silver dollars, minted in Mexico and freighted across the Pacific in Manila Galleons. It was a thriving trade as the Napoleonic Wars finished, and maritime business revived, a record number of 88 foreign ships came to the Whampoa anchorage , eight miles down river from Canton, in Autumn 1816.
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