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Nanking cargo Vomit Pot

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Roger Bradbury Antiques
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Skeyton, Norfolk
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Nanking cargo Vomit Pot

These most rare and interesting pieces were originally thought by experts to be childrens chamber pots, but through research into the VOC (Dutch East India Company) records revealed that they were especially ordered to be used after someone had indulged a large meal the vomit pot would come out from under the table! Because some of the pattern was put on over the glaze, it has been eroded by the sea. Never the less it is still visible in ghost form.Size:Height: 8 1/2 cm Width: 18 1/2 cm.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!

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