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Binh Thuan Shipwreck Crane Bowl c1608

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Binh Thuan Shipwreck Crane Bowl c1608

This Large, Blue & White Pottery bowl depicts a central medallion of a Crane standing in a river surrounded by Reeds and Foliage, within three circles, the edge has a Trellis border. The outside is painted with what I think are Four Lillies between Four pairs of swimming Cranes. The foot has the remains of grit from the Kilm. This bowl is quite freely painted, the glaze is crazed and has a dull thud, all a bit crude. Personally I think it is a charming piece with great character. Size: 20cm in diameter. In March 2004, a small Cargo of Ming Dynasty porcelain was auctioned by Christies in Melbourne, Australia. The wreck was first discovered in early 2001 by local fishermen off the coast of Bin Thuan Province in Vietnam. The vietnamese authorities soon got wind of the discovery and excavated the site in October 2002. Of the 34,000 pieces recovered, half were retained for the museums in Vietnam, and the remaining 17,000 pieces were auctioned in Melbourne, where bidding was very strong. Archaeological research confirmed that the Junk was infact Chinese, and was carrying a Cargo of Wanli (1573-1620) "Swato" porcelain from Zhangzhou in Southern China, Togeher with a large quantity of iron pans. It is believed that the Junk may have sunk after hitting a nearby reef, and VOC (Dutch East India Company) records state that a Junk belonging to Chinese merchant I Sin Ho had been lost in this area in 1608, on route to Johore on the Malay Peninsular. Although no conclusive evidence has been found, all the indications point to the Bin Thuan Wreck being the vessel of the unfortunate I Sin Ho. The Bin Thuan Wreck is the first dedicated shipment of Zhangzhou porcelain to be found. Made by hand in Fujian Province, The porcelain is often characterised by Kiln grit adhering to the base, and the free and spontaneous decoration which means that each piece is literally unique.

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