Exquisite Hoi An Shipwreck Swooping Peacock Charger Dish
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Exquisite Hoi An Shipwreck Swooping Peacock Charger Dish:
One of the largest, most spectacular ceramics from the famous Hoi An cargo.
A beautiful, rare Ancient Ming Dynastycharger (serving plate)of Vietnamese origin, dating to approximately 1450 A.D.; a sea salvaged and officially recorded piecefrom the famous Hoi-An Shipwreck.
Thecharger is of robust form, with ring base, flaring walls and thick, collared rim. The exterior is decorated with jewelled, green enamellappets. The interior of the piece isbordered by four ogival reserves. The center of this magnificent charger, decorated with a beautiful and elaborate scene of a swooping peacock, clutchinga branch in its feet as it prepares to glide into the air, its fantastic tail feathers curling over its back, wings half opened. Surrounded byornate, blossoming foliage.The underside is adorned with cafe-au lait slip.
The majority of pieces from the Hoi An hoard were decorated in the well known blue on white style. A minority of particularly exciting pieces were further decorated with a second layer of detail, then refired at a lower temperature, (so as not to melt the first). This is one such polychrome piece, exhibiting a stunning central scene.
This rare piece has a wonderful, romantic provenance. It was excavated from the important Hoi-An shipwreck. The Hoi-An was a huge, overloaded trading ship that sank in the mid 15th Century, probably due to acatastrophic typhoon. The ship was carrying asubstantialcargo of High Quality Vietnamese Ming export porcelain. We know that the Hoi An wares were produced in Kilns near modern-day Hanoi and were probably bound for the European Market before the ship was cruelly destroyed and sunk 250 feet into the cold waters of the South China Sea. The fascinating story of the Hoi-An and its recovery has been made into a best-selling novel by Frank Pope, entitled Dragon Sea: A True Tale of Treasure, Archeology, and Greed Off the Coast of Vietnam.
In contrast to many unprovenanced Hoi An pieces on the market, this ceramic has been officially recorded by the Vietnamese authorities (VISAL), whose sticker is affixed to the artifact. The recent ratification of the UNESCO convention by South East Asian countries will effectively put ahalt to all future shipwreck salvage operations. Consequently, legitimately recorded pieces such as the present example are finite in supply and represent a fantastic investment opportunity at present.
Ceramics from the Hoi An wreck can now be found on display in the worlds top museums, including the Ashmolean and the British museum.
Condition: Very well preserved. Intact. With glorious matte shadow of the second layer of decoration still preserved.Authenticity
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