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.
Large Chinese Kangxi Blue and White Vase
A blue and white glazed ceramic beaker vase. The decoration on the vase is divided into two panels, displaying rockwork with peach blossom and rockwork with daisies. Underneath, the panels are framed by a band of curved motifs and two rings. Near the rim are painted two medallion decorations with peony and chrysanthemum surrounded by foliage, which are connected to auspicious clouds. The inside of the rim is embellished with a geometric band design.
Period: Kangxi Period, Qing Dynasty
Provenance: From the 'Blue Chrysanthemum Wreck'; lost in the South China sea, late 17th Century A.D., recovered 2014.
Condition: Fine condition. Some dulling of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure. Small areas of discoloration may be visible.