In the mid 15th century a freighting junk loaded with fine Vietnamese pottery sank in an area of the South China Sea called the “Dragon’s Embrace.” Around 1994 local fishermen began finding pottery in their nets. The Vietnamese Government determined that this was a significant find and engaged an archaeological salvage company to locate the ship and retrieve the cargo. Many thousands of pieces of pottery were found – in fact, the greatest recovery of sunken treasure of all time. The best pieces are in the museums of Vietnam. The larger, fine pieces were auctioned in the world’s major auction houses, in London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, etc.
Hoi An Shipwreck Small Floral Box
A Hoi An blue on white porcelain box. This box is gently moulded to the top, decorated with central floral medallions surrounded by six conjoined petal lappets filled with floral forms. The sides are decorated with scrolling tendrils alternating with repeated wave patterns. This piece has been officially recorded by the Vietnamese authorities (VISAL), whose sticker is affixed to the base.
Condition: Very fine condition; complete and intact. Some loss of glaze due to underwater conditions.