Description: A Tek Sing shipwreck pale blue glazed blue painted bowl, the interior decorated with a central spiralling motif surrounded by irregular panels containing central blue floral motifs (blue on white Lotus pattern). The exterior decorated with a series of panels containing similar floral decoration. Condition good and with Nagel Auctions Tek Sing Treasures auction label attached.
Size: 129 mm/5 ins. in diameter and standing 56 mm/2.2 ins. high
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.
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