Shipwreck Saucer Dish Ca Mau Cargo Chinese Porcelain c1725
Shipwreck Saucer Dish Ca Mau Cargo Chinese Porcelain c1725
Shipwreck Saucer Dish Ca Mau Cargo Chinese Porcelain c1725
Shipwreck Saucer Dish Ca Mau Cargo Chinese Porcelain c1725

Shipwreck Saucer Dish Ca Mau Cargo Chinese Porcelain c1725

c. 1725 China

Offered by Roger Bradbury Antiques

£265 gbp
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Beautifully hand painted in cobalt blue with a lone peacock standing on pierced rocks above a flowering garden, the rim of the saucer and exterior of the tea bowl with panels of figures in waterside landscapes and flowering plants.

Size: 12.5cm in diameter
Good colour, coloured residue to rim, manufacturing mark to centre, further minor marine residue verso and tape residue which would remove with professional cleaning
This piece retains its original Sotheby's auction sticker and can be cross checked with the original sale catalogue
The wreck was discovered by fisherman working off the Ca Mau peninsular when their nets snagged on it. When they realised the porcelain was saleable they began dredging up as much as possible. Once the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture and Information realised what was happening they moved in quickly to secure the wreck site. The excavation was lead by the Curator of The National Museum of Vietnamese culture. As you can see by the underside of the piece, not only does it have the Sotheby’s auction sticker but the reference numbers of the Vietnamese conservators. In all, 130,000 pieces were recovered and 76,000 of the finer condition pieces were selected to be sold by Sotheby’s. The ship was a Chinese ocean going junk, almost certainly en route from Canton (now Kuangzhou) to the Dutch trading port of Batavia (now Jakarta). Disaster struck off the Ca Mau peninsular, there was a fire on board so severe that some of the porcelain was fused together. There were a few wine cups recovered bearing the mark of the Emperor Yangzheng who reigned from 1723 to 1735. By this time tea and coffee was the rage throughout Europe and the principal traders were the East India Company and the VOC of Amsterdam. With the demand for tea came demand for porcelain by which to drink it and so most of what they imported in these year was tea wares. All these shipwrecks like the Ca Mau are regarded as time capsules packed with information allowing maritime historians and archaeologists an insight into the life and trade of the time. Here is an opportunity to own a piece of history with a fascinating story.
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