Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750
Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750

Nanking Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo Mug c1750

c. 1750 China

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This interesting mug is beautifully hand decorated in under glaze blue with a peony tree issuing from rock work on a terrace.
This example is particularly rare insomuch as it has retained a large amount of its coloured enamelling. It really is most eye catching.

These mugs were especially ordered by the VOC. (The Dutch East India Company).

Size: Height: 10.4cm Width to include handle: 12cm approx

Condition: Retaining its glaze, rich cobalt blue detailing, large remainder of the original enamel detailing. Small chip to interior rim, no hairlines or cracks. A fine example.

Provenance: 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 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 1755 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!
Retaining its glaze, rich cobalt blue detailing, large remainder of the original enamel detailing. Small chip to interior rim, no hairlines or cracks. A fine example.
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 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 1755 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 10.40 cm (4.09 inches)
Width 12.00 cm (4.72 inches)
Medium
porcelain
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