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Ca Mau Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Seated Boy Figure Two Top Knots C1725


£450 | $627 USD | €524 EUR
Item Number: SA656155
Date of manufacture: 18th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Roger Bradbury Antiques
This antique has been viewed 50 times in the past month with the most views from France.


These seated boys are quite rare, there were only 178 sold by Sotheby’s and quite a few were damaged, most charming little people.
They are glazed and wearing a blue traditional child’s apron. Having one or two topknots.
H8cm W4.2cm D3.2cm
The wreck was discovered by fisherman working off the Ca Mau peninsular when their nets snagged on it. When they realised the porcelain was saleable they began dredging up as much as possible. Once the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture and Information realised what was happening they moved in quickly to secure the wreck site. The excavation was led by the Curator of The National Museum of Vietnamese culture. In all, 130,000 pieces were recovered and 76,000 of the finer condition pieces were selected to be sold by Sotheby’s. The ship was a Chinese ocean going junk, almost certainly en route from Canton (now Kuangzhou) to the Dutch trading port of Batavia (now Jakarta). Disaster struck off the Ca Mau peninsular; there was a fire on board so severe that some of the porcelain was fused together. There were a few wine cups recovered bearing the mark of the Emperor Yangzheng who reigned from 1723 to 1735. By this time tea and coffee was the rage throughout Europe and the principal traders were the East India Company and the VOC of Amsterdam. With the demand for tea came demand for porcelain by which to drink it and so most of what they imported in these year was tea wares.
All these shipwrecks like the Ca Mau are regarded as time capsules packed with information allowing maritime historians and archaeologists an insight into the life and trade of the time.
Here is an opportunity to own a piece of history with a fascinating story.


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 18th Century.


Height = 8 cm (3.1")
Width = 4.2 cm (1.7")
Depth = 3.2 cm (1.3")

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