Object Description

A lobed blue and white porcelain jarlet of flattened ovoid form. Lobed and undecorated body set between jeweled bands, short straight neck decorated with a blue ring.
This porcelain comes from the Hoi An shipwreck, sank in the late 15th-early 16th century. Fishermen discovered the wreck in the early 90s, in the open seas off Cu Lao Cham Island, known as the most capricious waters in Vietnam. The government soon realised the importance of the cargo and got involved, ordering underwater excavations (1997-1999). Indeed, more than 150,000 objects were found. Produced in the middle 15th century, these ceramics comes from the Hai Duong province (North Vietnam), which is know to be the biggest production center of ceramics and porcelain of medieval Vietnam. At that time, the Ming dynasty in China decreed a ban on maritime exports to Southeast Asia and other countries, leaving the opportunity for Vietnam to foster its ceramics and porcelain production.Ceramics from the Hoi An Hoard is nowadays known to be the most precious and complete representation of Vietnamese artisanship in glazed ceramics.
N.B. Some variations may occur in colour.

Object History

From the Hoi An shipwreck

Object Literature

Butterfields, Treasures From The Hoi An Hoard – Important Vietnamese Ceramics from a Late 15th / Early 16th Century Cargo, Volumes 1 & 2, lot 501.

Object Classification

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:6 x H:4.4 centimeters
  • year
    Late 15th-Early 16th Century

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom


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