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A Superb Rare Tek Sing Shipwreck Cargo Blue & White Flower Dish Signed, c1822

A Superb Rare Tek Sing Shipwreck Cargo Blue & White Flower Dish Signed, c1822
A Superb Rare Tek Sing Shipwreck Cargo Blue & White Flower Dish Signed, c1822
A Superb Rare Tek Sing Shipwreck Cargo Blue & White Flower Dish Signed, c1822
A Superb Rare Tek Sing Shipwreck Cargo Blue & White Flower Dish Signed, c1822

A Superb Rare Tek Sing Shipwreck Cargo Blue & White Flower Dish Signed, c1822
A Superb, Antique, Tek Sing Shipwreck Cargo, Blue & White Flower Dish, Artist Signed, c1822. This lovely dish, is part of the salvaged cargo of the Tek Sing shipwreck of 1822, which was discovered in 1999 by Michael Hatcher, on the Belverdere Shoals, in the South China Seas. A great collectors item, that will only appreciate in value in years to come.

The dish is 5-3/4 across the top. PS certain items are very difficult to photograph because their reflection picks up the photographer, and /or his surroundings, hence any shadows etc. Also, these items are not new, most are over 100 years old, some 200 and over, so will not be new and perfect, unless they had a charmed life. I do post to all countries worldwide. Please see my other lovely items for sale.

History of the Tek Sing Shipwreck Cargo. The Tek Sing Wreck Collection consists primarily of blue and white decorated plates, bowls and dishes, with some blanc de chine, celadon and olive glazed porcelain vases, cosmetic boxes and jars. The majority of the collection was manufactured at Dehua kilns. It is, to date, the largest cargo of Chinese porcelain that has been salvaged from a wreck.

The port of Amoy had been central to the country's trading prowess. It was here that a large junk, the Tek Sing, or True Star, was moored. Bound for Jakarta, she was loaded with precious cargo: porcelain, silks, spices, and medicines. One can only surmise why the captain chose to take a shortcut across the Belvidere Shoals between Java and Indonesia. It was a journey that he had undertaken many times before.

Perhaps because it had been thirty days since he had left Amoy with his cargo of 350,000 pieces of Chinese porcelain, he felt he needed to make up lost time? However, he was also carrying a rather more valuable cargo - 1,600 immigrants on their way from Amoy to Batavia. The captain's decision proved to be tragic as the Tek Sing, struck a reef on 6th February 1822 and sank shortly afterward in 100 feet of water. The following day, Captain Pearl aboard a British'East Indiaman' saw an uncharted sea of rocks, which on close inspection proved to be wreckage from the Tek Sing that extended for miles and onto which clung the survivors. Less than 190 survivors were fished out of the water with the death toll being greater than that of the Titanic. The wreck of the Tek Sing was discovered on May 12th, 1999. In an area of the South China Sea north of Java, east of Sumatra and south of Singapore.

Tek Sing's porcelain cargo had been packed so tightly, that even after nearly 200 years under the silt and coral, many examples were in almost pristine condition. Antique porcelain from a wreck can be worth more than its weight in gold, so the treasure hunters were keen to have the haul examined by experts. They were surprised to find that the porcelain originated from many different places and dates. Some pieces must have been around 100 years old when they were loaded. Many of the items were new to marine archaeologists and provided valuable insights into Chinese life.

To date, is the largest cargo of Chinese porcelain that has been salvaged and arguably the most tragic. The item "A Superb Rare Tek Sing Shipwreck Cargo Blue & White Flower Dish Signed, c1822" is in sale since Thursday, April 4, 2019.

This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Chinese\Porcelain". The seller is "dakman60" and is located in Bromley. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  • Region of Origin: Chinese
  • Product: Bowl
  • Age: 1800-1849
  • Primary Material: Porcelain/ Pottery
  • Features: Handpainted
  • Original/Repro: Antique Original
  • Featured Refinements: Tek Sing
  • Chinese Dynasty: Qing (1644-1911)


A Superb Rare Tek Sing Shipwreck Cargo Blue & White Flower Dish Signed, c1822