Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750
Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750

Nanking Cargo Small Size Scholar on a Bridge Bowl c1750

c. 1750 China

Offered by Roger Bradbury Antiques

£450 gbp
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Freely hand painted with a scholar crossing a bridge between to rocky islets, with pavilion and retreats beside pine and other trees on the exterior with a border of trellis pattern to the interior

The enamelled shipwreck pieces are most interesting insomuch as the cobalt blue detailing was applied beneath the glaze preserving it, the coloured enamelling was applied after this process, on to of the glaze thus being offered no protection from the ravages of the sea.
Throughout the hundreds of years spent submerged beneath the sea, oxidisation has transformed what was once coloured enameling to areas of black however, this example retains a large amount of its red and gold detailing.
The detailing that has disappeared, the scholar on a bridge, flowers, trees and building structure is only seen when held in the light and remains in ghost form.

Size: Height: 8.5cm Diameter: 18.9cm
Condition: Faint hairline (this can be seen in the images)
Provenance: This piece can be cross checked with the original Christies auction catalogue

This bowl is a wonderful object of discussion amongst fellow collectors and dinner party friends, a nice example with quite a lot of the original detailing to enjoy.
Faint hairline to the rim
This piece can be cross checked with the original Christies auction catalogue
The Nanking cargo is the most famous of the shipwreck cargoes. It attracted worldwide media attention when it was auctioned by Christies Amsterdam in April 1986. The ships name was 'The Geldermalsen' belonging to the Dutch East India Company. The (VerenigdeOostIndische Compagnie (V.O.C). She set sail from Canton on December 18th 1751 bound for Amsterdam. The valuable cargo consisted of over 160,000 pieces of porcelain, tea, raw silk, textiles and one hundred and forty five gold ingots. On January 3rd 1752, after 16 days sailing the Geldermalsen hit a reef and sank in the South China Sea. The cargo was recovered by Captain Michael Hatcher and his team in 1985-86, shipped to Amsterdam and sold two hundred and thirty four years late! I spent four days viewing the porcelain in order to select the nicer pieces. The auction which made £10,000,000 was one of the most fascinating I have ever been to, attracting very many bidders from all over the world both in room and on the telephone, everyone wanted a piece of the Nanking Cargo!
Dimensions
Height 8.50 cm (3.35 inches)
Diameter 18.90 cm (7.44 inches)
Medium
Porcelain
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