Nanking Cargo C1750 Canton Enameled Porcelain Cup & Saucer Set of 6
Nanking Cargo C1750 Canton Enameled Porcelain Cup & Saucer Set of 6. This set is a white enameled porcelain with each piece painted with peonies, in colours and gilt. The rims gilt with a line and pellets. The set contains the following. The cup measures 6.5cm high by 6.5cm in diameter and the saucer measures 11.5cm in diameter. CONDITION: Please view photos carefully for condition (general wear expected with a cargo piece). Most pieces lose large amounts of their detailing and become warn through the exposure to the sea and coral sands. These pieces have been living on the seabed for more than 250 years. PLEASE NOTE: There are multiple sets of these for sale and as each piece is hand painted, no one piece is thesa me. These pieces have a remarkable history as part of the Nanking Cargo. In 1752, a Chinese trading vessel sank off the coast, carrying a treasure trove of porcelain and other valuable goods.
These are a rare and sought-after find, adding a unique and historical element to your collection. The Geldermalsen was built in 1746 in Middelburg (Southern Holland) and measured an enormous 1,150 metric tons. It was a trading vessel used to transport porcelain and other goods from the far east to European markets. It was fully loaded en-route from Canton in southern China to Europe, in December 1751. It is now very hard to obtain legitimate Nanking cargo pieces on the market.
Since the ratifications of the UNESCO (2001) convention, cooperative ventures between South East Asian countries and salvage companies have been stymied, with the removal of shipwreck cargo, being prohibited. These well provenanced antique Shipwreck Ceramics are no longer appearing freshly on the market. Pieces such as this therefore constitute a finite resource and are the best investments available on the art market.