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Vung Tau Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo
Baluster Vase c1690

This beautiful baluster vase has nice strong colours and is decorated with four wide panels of trailing foliage. The neck bears a single band of foliage and the lid with the same decoration and blue knop.
The underside bears the original Christies auction sticker with lot number 675 and a second Christies sticker from December 2002

Condition: Note. Lid doe not fit tightly to vase, nibbled lid rim, old chip to underside lid rim, faint hairline to vase rim approx.4cm

Size: 16.5cm                      If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact. [email protected]

The Vung Tau was discovered in 1989 by a
Vietnamese fisherman trawling the sea-bed for shellfish. He was a few miles
away from Con Dao Island, which lies roughly 100 nautical miles away south of
Vung Tau, when his nets snagged on an obstruction. Con Dao Island was one of
the last fresh-water refuelling stops for ships making their way to the
north-western islands of Indonesia. Of the thousands of ships that would have
stopped here, few of the many that would have been lost through monsoons,
piracy or fire, have ever been discovered. The ship lay at 120 feet but
visibility was poor and diving was hampered by the seasonal monsoons so that it
took 2 years to salvage all of 28000 pieces. The ship was an Asian trading
vessel, 110 feet long and 33 feet wide and on examination of the timbers,
showed that the vessel had been burned to the water line. There was little to
date the wreck apart from a few coins of the reign of the Chinese Emperor
Kangxi (1662-1722) and a small Chinese ink stick corresponding to AD 1690. The
Vung Tau was probably destined for the major trading centre in Java, the city
of Batavia (now Jakarta) which was settled by the Dutch in 1619. The porcelain
in this cargo was made within a decade of 1683, which is the year historians
regard as the official re-opening of China’s major porcelain kilns, at
Jingdezhen after civil war disrupted the industry. Much of the cargo would have
likely been bought up by Dutch VOC supercargoes, preparing mixed consignments
for the homeward run to Amsterdam or elsewhere along the Netherlandish
seaboard.

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