The samples recovered from the Blue Chrysanthemum shipwreck are exclusively Ancient Chinese ceramics. The wares are predominately Kangxi Period blue and white porcelain, although multi-coloured ceramics and utilitarian wares are also in evidence in the cargo. The blue and white wares have been assessed to be excellent examples of early Chinese Kangxi blue and white porcelain, produced in the famous porcelain centre of Jingdezhen in the Jiangsu Province. Jingdezhen kilns made porcelain over two millennia, since the Han Dynasty period, reaching their technical excellence during the early Qing Dynasty. The very high-quality cobalt blue colouring seen here is distinctive of the Kangxi Period porcelains, also referred to as ‘gem blue’ or ‘kingfisher blue’.
Kangxi Period Meiping Vase
An extremely fine Kangxi period blue and white glazed ceramic meiping vase, featuring a bell-shaped lid and knob handle, panels of floral ornament and chrysanthemum borders. Meiping, literally translating to ‘plum vase’, stands for the vase shape since these shapes were characteristically used to display plum branches with blossoms. The vessel is a beautiful example of Kangxi blue and white production.
Period: Kangxi Period
Provenance: From the Blue Chrysanthemum Wreck lost in the South China sea, late 17th century AD, recovered in 2014.
Condition: Very fine condition, some dulling of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure. Small chips to the rim, not visible when lid is placed on.