Tek Sing Wreck Saucer Dish


A Tek Sing porcelain plate with a slightly flared rim with a painted naturalistis image in a cobalt blue. The centre is decorated with reeds, which issue from rockwork between a young bamboo and a flowering peony plant. The underside is decorated with three floral sprays to the shoulder and a ring to the rim and foot. The base shows two character marks within a double ring. The dish presents a small chip to the rim.



Date: Circa late 18th-early 19th century AD
Period: Qing Dynasty
Provenance: From the 1822 Tek Sing shipwreck that was discovered by Michael Hatcher in 1999.
Condition: Fine condition. Some dulling of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure. Encrustation to the reverse of saucer A. Small chip to the rim of saucer B.
SKU: MG-41 Category: Tags: ,

The Tek Sing (which means “True Star” in Chinese) was a large Chinese junk, which sank on 6th February 1822 in an area off the South China Sea, known as the “Belvidere Shoals”. Undertaking its attempted journey from Amoy to Jakarta were 1600 emigrants and an enormous cargo, which included silks, spices, and 350,000 pieces of Chinese porcelain. Indeed, some of the cargo was even strapped to the ship’s hull, but its tight packing allowed it to become the largest cargo of Chinese porcelain ever to be salvaged from a wreck. The great loss of life associated with the sinking has led the Tek Sing to be referred to in modern times as the “Titanic of the East” (cf. Nagel Auctions, ‘Tek Sing Treasures’, 2000, TS 137).

To find out more about Tek Sing pottery, please visit our collection page: Tek Sing Shipwreck Pottery

Weight 195.5 g
Dimensions L 15.2 x H 2.1 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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