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Nanking Cargo Flying Geese Bowl and Dish c.1750

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Nanking Cargo Flying Geese Bowl and Dish c.1750

Not to be mistaken with tea bowls and saucers, this set measures17.5 cm in diameter for the dish and 11.5 cm in diameter for the bowl. The scene is of a rocky island with a pagoda, pine trees and other foliage. There is a man on a bank and another rocky island in the distance. The defining feature of this lovely pattern and which gives it its name is the classic formation of the flying geese. Because of its size, the bowl would have been used for rice or soup and the dish for meat and fish. This is one of my favourite patterns because it is unfussy and gives one the impression of wide open space. Both pieces are in excellent condition with no chips or cracks and both have their original Christies stickers with their lot number. The purchaser of this set can be assured that these are of the finest colour and condition. 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 reefand 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! If you have any queries about this item please feel free to contact me. It would be much appreciated if the buyer could contact me within three days after the listing ends. Thank you for looking and for your time.

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