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Shipwreck Porcelain from the The Nanking Cargo

Shipwreck Porcelain from the The Nanking Cargo

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: Chinese Export: Pre 1800: Item # 1387047
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On Monday January 3, 1752, the Dutch East India Company, (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) ship Geldermalsen, struck a reef on her return journey to the Netherlands and sank in the South China Sea. Of the crew 32 survived and 80 went down with the ship and her cargo of tea, raw silk, textiles, dried wares, groceries, lacquer and porcelain. The "Nanking cargo" is the modern name given to the porcelain cargo.

 The cargo of Chinese porcelain was originally potted in Jingdezhen, Jiangzi province then shipped to Nanking for delivery to the Dutch East India Company ship Geldermalsen for final transportation to the Netherlands. The cargo was recovered by Captain Michael Hatcher and his team in 1985 and sold by Christie's Amsterdam on 28 April - 2 May 1985 as 'The Nanking Cargo. Chinese Export Porcelain and Gold' two hundred and thirty five years later.

These are from a Private Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain and they retain their auction labels.