Two Chinese 17th Century Vung Tau Shipwreck Bowls (Ex. Christie's)
These two porcelain bowls were recovered from the "Vung Tau" shipwreck, dated to c. 1690. The darker of the two bowls is more "thinly-potted" than the other and has Chinese characters in underglaze blue. The other is undecorated and has an iron-brown wash around its rim to prevent fritting of the glaze during firing. The darker bowl still carries its original Christie's label.
Diameters 12.5 & 13 cm. The darker bowl has some tiny chips to the underside of the rim and a very difficult to see short hairline. The other bowl is in a similar condition but with a few more chips to the rim edge.
The Vung Tau shipwreck was discovered in 1989 and its recovered cargo of porcelain was sold at Christie's, Amsterdam, in April 1992.
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