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Nanking Shipwreck Cargo Boatman dinner plate c.1750

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Nanking Shipwreck Cargo Boatman dinner plate c.1750
£285.00 P&PUK£23.00 P&PInternational£26.00

This handsome plate is in underglaze blue and white. It depicts a fisherman punting his boat in a wide river landscape with a large Pavilion on an island surrounded by trees, another in the distance balances this classic Chinese scene which has alternating peony and chrysanthemum flowers around the border. This lovely plate has no chips or cracks and it comes with the original Christies auction sticker with the lot number of 1732 which was a lot of only 12 plates, the best of which were always the smaller lots. A most worthwhile addition to a collector of this highly sought after cargo. The Nanking cargo is the most famous of the shipwreck cargoes. It attracted world wide media attention when it was auctioned by Christies Amsterdam in April 1986.The ships name was 'The Geldermalsen' belonging to the Dutch East India Company. The (VerenigdeOostIndische Compagnie (V.O.C). She set sail from Canton on December 18th 1755 bound for Amsterdam. The valuable cargo consisted of over 160,000 pieces of porcelain, tea, raw silk, textiles and one hundred and forty five gold ingots. On January 3rd 1752 after 16 days sailing the Geldermalsen hit a reef and sank in the South China Sea. The cargo was recovered by Captain Michael Hatcher and his team in 1985-86, shipped to Amsterdam and sold two hundred and thirty four years late! I spent four days viewing the porcelain in order to select the nicer pieces. The auction which made £10,000,000 was one of the most fascinating I have ever been to, attracting very many bidders from all over the world both in room and on the telephone, everyone wanted a piece of the Nanking Cargo! Size: 23cm in diameter.

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