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Vung Tau Cargo Chinese Shipwreck Provincial Blue And White Bowl C1690


£245 | $297 USD | €282 EUR
Item Number: SA870316
Date of manufacture: 17th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Roger Bradbury Antiques
This antique has been viewed 30 times in the past month with the most views from Germany.


A bowl with great character. Freely hand painted to the exterior with three floral roundels and an alternating with a foliate pattern. The interior has a central unglazed ring, the foot is inscribed with a reference number applied by the Vietnamese Authorities.
Size: Height 6.9cm Diameter 14.4cm
Please Note. The coral is for display purposes only and does not come with this item
Condition: being a provincial piece this bowl does not have a clear ring when tapped, more of a dull thud. Glaze crazing throughout, pitting and frits
Provenance: Complete with the original Christies Auction sticker, Lot number 928. This bowl can be cross checked with the original Christie’s Amsterdam auction catalogue, sale date Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th of April 1992.
Please Note. I do not have a Christie’s auction catalogue available for purchase but I am happy to provide a print out of the relevant pages for reference with your purchase.
As these pieces have spent hundreds of years submerged beneath the sea, an overall dulling of the glaze is quite common and more prominent in some examples.
*This price excludes the cost of carriage which will be an additional £12.00 within the UK. I am happy to obtain international shipping quotations*
The Shipwreck
In 1989, A Vietnamese fisherman, trawling the sea bed for the locally plentiful supplies of shellfish, snagged his nets on an obstruction. He was a few miles away from Con Dao Island, which lies approximately 100 nautical miles away south of Vung Tau on the southern coast of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The island had a long history as one of the last fresh water refulling stops for ships making the long journey from Northern Vietnam and the south east Chinese coast, down the enormous eastern coastline of Vietnam, and across the Gulf of Thailand to the North western islands of Indonesia. Thousands of ships have moored in the natural harbour around the island, to take on water to be stored in the large brown stoneware jars which are found at every trading centre and in every wreck in Asia. But a few of the many ships that must have been lost from monsoons, piracy or fire (cooking daily rice on an all wooden junk was a perilous affair) have ever been discovered. The fisherman’s chance discovery gradually came to public attention. Under the authority of the Vietnam Government, the Vietnam Salvage Corporation, headed by Mr Le Minh Cong, its General Director, a state owned company of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, undertakes all salvage and sea bed investigations within the territorial waters of Vietnam as a monopoly on behalf of the Government. It was decided to raise the Cargo as a commercial operation, with the sale of a proportion of the cargo helping to finance the installation of other parts of it in appropriate Vietnamese museums. Seeking a joint venture partner to share the costs of the recovery, the Corporation (VISAL) joined forced with a Singapore based Swedish diving expert, Sverker Hallstrom, whose Company had extensive experience of surveying and operating remote controlled diving vehicles at unusually great depths. In fact, this was not essential for the Vung Tau Cargo; it lay only at some 120 feet. But visibility was poor, the diving seasons were interrupted by seasonal monsoons, and eventually it required three seasons of diving to complete a systematic recovery of the cargo, recorded by site grid drawings of the hull, and underwater film.
The ship was an Asian trading vessel with typical ‘compartment’ construction, originally some 110 feet long and 33 feet wide. Examination of the timbers showed clearly that the vessel had been burned to the waterline; a part of the cargo had rolled off the damaged deck, and lay encrusted and broken around the irregular remains on the sea bed. It was these encrusted pieces that the fisherman had found
We are happy to obtain UK and international quotations. Please do not hesitate to contact.


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 17th Century.


Height = 6.9 cm (2.7")
Width = 14.4 cm (5.7")
Depth = 14.4 cm (5.7")

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