The samples recovered from the shipwrecked cargo are exclusively Chinese ceramics, in the main blue and white porcelain, and all assessed by experts to be excellent examples of Kangxi pottery. Their quality indicates that they were manufactured in the famous porcelain centre of Jingdezhen, in the Jiangxi Province. Jingdezhen kilns have made porcelain over two millennia, beginning in the Han Dynasty period. Blue and white porcelain was the most famous product of Jingdezhen, and reached the height of its technical excellence in the early Qing Dynasty. The distinctive, high quality cobalt blue colouring of the Kangxi period is referred to as ‘gem blue’ or ‘kingfisher blue’, and is purer and brighter than that of Ming Dynasty wares.
Kangxi Blue & White Saucer & Teacup Set
A blue and white glazed ceramic saucer and teacup set. The saucer is scallop-edged, and finely decorated with a landscape and bucolic scene in a rich blue pigment. A band of decoration with geometric and leaf patterns lines the slightly flared rim. The teacup is similarly decorated with a landscape scene to the outside, bordered to the rim with a thin, solid blue line. The inside of the cup features a decorative band to the rim. The cup rests on a small, straight-edged foot.
Period: Kangxi Period, Qing Dynasty
Provenance: From the 'Blue Chrysanthemum Wreck'; lost in the South China sea, late 17th Century AD, recovered 2014.
Condition: Fine condition. Some light abrasions, dulling of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure.