Saucer. Provenance: China. The Nanking Cargo sale, Christie's Amsterdam, 28 April - 2 May 1986. Dating: Qianlong (1736-1795), 1751. This saucer on a footring with a straight rim was part of the “The Nanking Cargo” auction held by Christie's in Amsterdam in 1986. Decorated in underglaze blue with the "Blue Pine" pattern, small size. The saucer has the original Christie's The Nanking Cargo sale label showing this saucer has to been part of lot 5580. It is one saucer of 24 similar saucers 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: 18 mm (0.71 inch), Diameter: 102 mm (4.02 inch), Diameter of footring: 64 mm (2.52 inch). Condition: Perfect. Reference; C.J.A. Jörg, The Geldermalsen History and Porcelain, Groningen 1986, p.66, fig. 51.