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A Ca Mau Shipwreck Teacup and Saucer, ex- Sotheby's

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From our Shipwreck Porcelain Collection, a good teacup and saucer ex-Sotheby's, from the Ca Mau Cargo, Yongzheng Period (1723-1735), executed in the "Tu Hai" pattern in underglaze blue.

This particular teacup and saucer is a very good example that somehow managed to survive over two centuries under the sea, essentially unscathed. Shipwreck porcelain comes off the sea floor in a wide variety of conditions, with many pieces utterly destroyed, others cracked and chipped, others whole but encrusted with calcified sea life, and others still surviving intact, but with their glazes eroded and rendered dull from the seawater. But from random luck regarding where a piece may have been sitting within a stack of porcelain, or from how a piece may have been sheltered from the elements by other factors like sea mud, some pieces emerge miraculously unscathed. This is one such example. Both the teacup and saucer have a good blue and still have a good glaze that is only slightly "dry" from submersion in seawater. Overall, a very well-executed piece of early 18th century export porcelain that also, just happened to survive undersea for over two centuries !

Size and Condition: The saucer is 4 1/2 inches in diameter, the teacup is 2 3/4 inches wide, 1 1/4 inch tall. The saucer is perfect but the glaze is slightly dry. The teacup has a small glaze frit on the rim edge and a tiny insignificant chip on the footrim.