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Nanking Cargo tea bowl and saucer

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Category
Reference
5697
Diameter
10 cm (3 1/1")
Framed Height
4 cm (1 1/2")
Framed Width
6 cm (2 1/4")
Nanking cargo - Chinese porcelain - blue and white tea bowl and saucer painted with the Blue Pine 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 the Geldermelsen out of the port of Nanking 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 pine tree on a rocky island outcrop with rockwork and grasses. 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 is seen on the base.

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

The saucer is 10cm in diameter and the bowl 6.25cm in diameter and 3.5cm tall
Diameter
10 cm (3 1/1")
Framed Height
4 cm (1 1/2")
Framed Width
6 cm (2 1/4")
Year
1752
Medium
Porcelain
Country
China
Condition
Perfect