Nanking Cargo Blue and White Tea pot

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Object Description

Chinese export blue and white porcelain from the Nanking Cargo carried by the Geldermalsen before foundering c1752
The tea pot is potted in the Meissen style which was copying the European silver shaped tea pots of the time. It is bullet shaped with a flat lid with a bud finial. The handle is bracket shaped and the spout is long and straight.
The painting shows willow and peony on a fenced terrace over looking a rocky river landscape. On an island is a scholar’s retreat with a pine tree.
the painting is excellent and the colour very good and there is no degrading of the glaze.
The cargo was found by fishermen and salvaged by Captain Michael Hatcher and his divers who had learnt the skill when salvaging the first of the so called Hatcher cargos a few years earlier.
The salvaged cargo was sold through Christies Amsterdam 234 years after the sinking in 1986

Object History

original Christies label still attached to the base

Object Literature

The pattern is used on the book cover of The Hatcher Porcelain Cargoes by Colin Sheaf and Richard Kilburn

Object Condition

Overall excellent on very small chip as shwn on the handle

Object Details

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