Description: A Tek Sing shipwreck blue and white glazed porcelain saucer, the everted rim decorated with a thick blue band and with a painted hanging basket containing a flowering chrysanthemum in the centre. Overall surface wear affecting the painted design, although this is still clear, and some crazing on the blue band decorating the rim, the reverse in good condition with Nagel Auctions Tek Sing Treasures auction label attached.
Size: 106 mm/4.2 ins. in diameter
Culture: Chinese, Shipwreck ceramic
Date: c. 1822 A.D.
Notes: The Tek Sing (meaning ‘True Star’) shipwreck was a large Chinese ocean-going junk that was wrecked on a reef on the Belvidere Shoals, Gaspar Straits, Indonesia, in the South China Sea, in 1822, whilst on route from Xiamen (then known as Amoy) in Fujian, China, to Batavia, Dutch East Indies, the cargo ultimately intended for European markets. The wreck was discovered by British marine salvor Michael Hatcher in May 1999. His team recovered around 350,000 pieces of porcelain from the wreck – the largest recovery of Chinese shipwreck ceramics to date. The cargo was auctioned by Nagel Auctions in Stuttgart, Germany, in November 2000.