A Cau Mau Wreck Teacup with Birds


A blue and white glazed ceramic teacup from the Ca Mau Shipwreck, featuring a decorative frieze to the outside. Two cranes sitting amongst peonies and floral motifs feature in the frieze, expressing wishes of longevity, wisdom and good luck. The inside features a decorative band with geometric designs to the rim, and a small flower within a ring at the base. The cup rests on a short, straight-edged foot with encrustations.

Date: Circa late 18th-early 19th century AD
Period: Qing Dynasty
Provenance: From the Cau Mau shipwreck, recovered in 1998.
Condition: Fine condition. Some encrustations to the surface and dulling of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure.


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The Ca Mau shipwreck refers to a Chinese cargo sunken sometime between 1723 and 1735 off the coast of Vietnam’s farthest point in the South China Sea, discovered by Vietnamese fishermen in 1998. It is believed the wreck was a Chinese merchant’s junk on its way from Canton (Guangzhou) to Batavia when it caught fire and sank. The merchant had ordered the goods on board for Dutch traders, who had limited access to China and its ports. The cargo consisted of numerous types of porcelain, chinaware and blue and white wares, all designed for the European market.

Blue and White porcelain recovered from the Ca Mau shipwreck have been initially dated to the Kangxi Period. However recent studies show how such production might need to be referred to the Yongzheng period, re-establishing the importance and output of Chinese porcelain production during the Yongzheng period.

Weight 38.7 g
Dimensions W 6.8 x H 3.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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