Antique Shipwreck Salvaged China Porcelain Fisherman Saucer - Ca Mau Cargo 1723 For SaleA wonderful vibrant Chinese blue on white porcelain plate dating to the Yongzheng Period of China's Qing Dynasty (1723-1735) and salvaged from the Ca Mau shipwreck. An officially recorded piece with the Sotheby's Ca Mau sticker and numbers.
The plate depicts a striking and evocative scene of a Chinese landscape. A fisherman, located near his house and underneath a large tree, stands on the edge of an island and fishes into an endless expanse of water, through which two boats can be seen to pass in the distance. A beautiful, romantic scene of Qing China, which would have appealed as much to early 18th Century Europeans as it does to us today. A wonderful cafe au lait slip adorns the outside of the vessel.
This plate was exported from Jingdezhen (a Kiln in southern China) on the Ca Mau vessel, a Junk bound for the port of Jakarta, modern day Indonesia. The Junk, or large trade vessel, was capitalizing on the booming business of Chinese Export porcelain. The beginning of the 18th Century saw an insatiable appetite for Chinese ceramics sweep across most of Europe, with coffee and tea drinking a new and popular pass-time for the wealthy and middle-class alike.
Archaeologists have discerned that the final hours of the Ca Mau were spent ablaze, as the crew failed to control a fire on the ships deck. She finally sank thirty nautical miles off the Ca Mau peninsula in southern Vietnam, her memory lost until fishermen happened upon her whilst trawling in 1998.
Diameter: 4 1/4 inches.
Condition: Intact, Unrestored. A finely painted and vibrant example.
Ca Mau wreck. Salvaged 1998 and catalogued by the Vietnamese authorities.
This is a hard to find Ca Mau ceramic with official excavation number and Ca Mau sticker, indicating that it was legally removed and catalogued by the Vietnamese Authorities. Similar pieces without provenance, almost certainly sourced from the illicit Bangkok art market, should be avoided as their investment value and legality are dubious. Since the ratification of the UNESCO convention, cooperative ventures between South East Asian countries and salvage companies have been effectively halted. Hence, well provenanced antique Shipwreck Ceramics are no longer appearing freshly on the market. Pieces such as this therefore constitute a finite resource and are some of the best investments available on the art market as a whole.
Reference: Please see Tau Co Ca Mau (The Ca Mau shipwreck), 1723-1735 by Dinh Chien.
Ceramics from the Ca Mau wreck can now be found on display in the worlds top museums, for a plate and cup set of the same design, now at theVictoria and Albertmuseum, London, please see the following link.
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