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A Vietnamese Blue & white decorated pottery juglet, ex Hoi An Wreck

A Vietnamese Blue & white decorated pottery juglet, ex Hoi An Wreck

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: Pre 1700: Item # 1420750
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A mint condition blue & white pottery juglet from Le Dynasty Vietnam, c. 15th century AD.

The vessel is beautifully decorated with a scene from a pond or a river: birds, flowers, insects and trees in a tranquile scenario in blue colors on a white underglaze.

According to tag on the base, the juglet is a part of the find of the Hoi An Wreck.*

Size: c. 9,5 x 8 cm / 3,7 x 3,1 inches.

Condition: Mint. Flawless

Ex. Danish Collection of Southeast Asian ceramics and pottery.

*The Hoi An wreck

The Hội An wreck lies 22 miles off the coast of central Vietnam in the South China Sea. The ship was carrying a large cargo of Vietnamese ceramics from the mid- to late-15th century. The provenance of the pieces was known to be the kilns of the Red River Delta (such as Chu Đậu) because excavations in the region had been ongoing since their discovery in 1983. The only pieces remaining at the kiln sites were wasters (pieces that had fused, collapsed or exploded in the firing process). Intact examples of the wares produced were rare, since all were exported. When the wreck was found there was excitement among collectors and archaeologists, for it promised the first cargo consisting solely of Vietnamese wares.

In 1996 over 250,000 intact examples of Vietnamese ceramic were recovered. 10% of unique ware was kept by the government for national museums, while the rest was allowed to be auctioned off to pay for recovery costs.