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Tek Sing Cargo "Peony & Magnolia" Smaller Dish c1822
A blue and white circular saucer dish with a slightly flared side, depicting flowering Peony and Magnolia plants Beside rockwork. The underside depicting Insect in flight. Peony: Considered the queen of flower, symbolising Spring. In the South it is considered the flower of Love, affection and Feminine beauty. Sometimes synonymous with wealth, A harbinger of good luck. Magnolia: An emblem of beauty and feminine sweetness. Corresponds to the month of May. Thank you for looking and for your time. If you have any questions, Please do not hesitate to contact me. Size: 5.5cm in diameter. The Tek SIng Shipwreck, Cargo Story c1822 The Tek Sing (True Star) a large ocean going Junk, 60 meters in length, set sail from Amoy harbour in China, bound for Batavia (now Jakarta) on the island of Java. On board were merchants, crew and 1600 passengers, bringing the total compliment close to 2000 people. The cargo holds were packed with over 300,000 pieces of porcelain, and in between and on top was stowed black and green teas, raw silk, bamboo furniture, mother of pearl tortoiseshell and medicinal herbs. About two weeks into the voyage the Captain attempted a shorter route through the treacherous Gaspar Straits. On the evening of 5 February the Tek Sing ran onto the Belvidere Roof and sank with a loss of almost 1800 lives, more than the Titanic. Its incredible cargo of porcelain, the largest and most varied ever recovered was auctioned in Stuttgart, Germany over a ten day period in November 2000. This treasure was salvaged by Captain Michael Hatcher, the most successful underwater treasure hunter of our time. He has raised a number of precious cargoes from exotic locations including the legendary Nanking cargo in 1986.


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