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Nanking Cargo tea bowl and saucer

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Category
Reference
5598
Depth
11 cm (4 1/4")
Diameter
7 cm (2 3/4")
Nanking cargo - Chinese porcelain - blue and white tea bowl and saucer painted with the Pagoda and River landscape pattern on the small sized tea bowl and saucer.

Made at the kilns at Jingdezhen for export to Europe and sailed on the Dutch ship out of the port of Nanking on the Geldermelsen which sank 1752. The wreck was subsequently salvaged by Captain Michael Hatcher and the contents was sold through Christies Amsterdam in between the 28th April and 2nd May 1985.

the scene shows a double roofed pagoda on a rocky river bank dividing straggling leafless trees and shrubs with an island in the background. The rim is painted with a band of trellis styled pattern

The Nanking Cargo was the second of the Hatcher Cargos and has been much collected since its first auction.

The provenance which is seen on the base of both bowl and saucer.

Porcelain cargos were carried in the bilges of the Indiamen boats as they acted as ballast but just as important was the fact that they were inert to salt water which inevitably came in during the long voyage home. So carrying them below the water line was practical. Above the porcelain and above the water line were the chests packed with tea. In the officers quarters bolts of silk were placed and locked securely in the Captains quarters the spices. The hardwoods of the Far East were carried strapped to the decks. These ships were also valuable prizes for pirates and opportunists

Depth
11 cm (4 1/4")
Diameter
7 cm (2 3/4")
Year
1752
Medium
Porcelain
Country
China
Signed
Christies labels to the bases
Provenance
Christies labels for the original auction are attached to the bottom of bowl and saucer
Condition
perfect