Description: A Tek Sing shipwreck blue and white porcelain saucer, the interior of the bowl decorated with a central stylised floral motif within a dot-dash circle. An edge border below the rim, comprising a band of closely-spaced dots between two parallel lines. Some small spots of reddish-brown staining, otherwise condition good. The reverse in good condition with Nagel Auctions Tek Sing Treasures auction label attached.
Size: 119 mm/4.7 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.