Bowl. Provenance: China. The Nanking Cargo sale, Christie's Amsterdam, 28 April - 2 May 1986.
Dating: Qianlong (1736-1795), 1751. This bowl on a footring with a glazed base and a straight rim was part of the “The Nanking Cargo” auction held by Christie's in Amsterdam in 1986.
Polychrome decorated (all the enamels have been eroded by the sea, never the less it is still visible in Ghost form) with two birds in flight between peony and a branch of flowering peach, the "Other" patterns. The bowl has the original Christie's The Nanking Cargo sale label showing this bowl has to been part of lot 3160. It is one bowl of 59 similar bowls sold in this lot. The cargo of Chinese porcelain was originally potted in Jingdezhen, Jiangzi province then shipped to Nanking for delivery to the Dutch East India Company ship "Geldermalsen" for final transportation to the Netherlands. The East Indiaman "Geldermalsen" struck a reef on her return journey to the Netherlands and sank in the South China Sea on January 3, 1752. The cargo was recovered by Captain Michael Hatcher and his team in 1985 and sold by Christie's in Amsterdam two hundred and thirty five years later. Dimensions: Height: 82 mm (3.23 inch), Diameter: 190 mm (7.48 inch)
Diameter of footring: 95 mm (3.74 inch). Condition: One glaze chip to the rim, three glaze frits to the rim and one to the footring.