Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Cargo Bamboo and Peony Tea Bowl and Saucer c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Cargo Bamboo and Peony Tea Bowl and Saucer c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Cargo Bamboo and Peony Tea Bowl and Saucer c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Cargo Bamboo and Peony Tea Bowl and Saucer c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Cargo Bamboo and Peony Tea Bowl and Saucer c1750

Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Cargo Bamboo and Peony Tea Bowl and Saucer c1750

1750 China

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This pretty set is decorated with a double clump of leafy bamboo to the left of a cluster of peony flowers. The exterior is cafe au lait (Batavian) glaze.
Size: Tea bowl, 7.5 cm Saucer, 11.5 cm
The Nanking cargo is the most famous of the shipwreck cargoes. It attracted world wide 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!
Roger Bradbury Antiques

Roger Bradbury Antiques
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