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Rare Nanking Cargo Blue and White Globular Teapot c1750

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Rare Nanking Cargo Blue and White Globular Teapot c1750

These are very rare, there were only forty seven sold in the Christies Amsterdam sale and some may have been damaged. It is a globular shape with a shallow domed cover with a straight spout and loop handle. It has a bud shaped finial. The teapot is finely painted with Willow and Peony issuing from a rocky terrace on the foreground and a retreat on a distant riverbank below a narrow border of Trellis pattern. The condition is very good with no chips or cracks, minor firing blemish to the underside of the foot. That fact that this lovely teapot is of exceptional condition in underglaze blue and white and having been one of only forty seven in the Nanking Cargo proves a sensible investment for the future. Complete with the original Christies Auction Sticker (LOT 2175). Size: 14.75cm high, 21cm wide. The Nanking cargo is the most famous of the shipwreck cargoes. It attracted worldwide 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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