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Nanking Cargo Large Rare Deep Fish Dish c1750.
This Magnificant dish was given to Dorian Ball (Who salvaged the Diana Shipwreck) by Michael Hatcher when they were recovering the Nanking Cargo. It is underglaze Blue and enamels which were over the glaze and have been eroded by the coral and sand. However, all of the enamels are seen in ghost form! I have managed to take a photograph showing a large part of this dish in its 'ghost form' which is unique to shipwreck cargoes. This deep dish is painted which exotic fan tailed fish, swimming amongst water plants within a band of Peony, Lotus and stylised flowers. There were only TEN of these extremely fine dishes sold in Christies sale. It is in good condition with no chips or cracks. One or two very minor frits to the rim. A truly magnificant and rare piece which would be the centre piece in the finest of collections! Size: 45cm 17 3/4"inches in diameter. The Nanking Shipwreck Cargo Story c1750 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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