Selection of Tek Sing Small Brown Dishes


A selection of small, brown ceramic dishes from the Tek Sing shipwreck. Each dish has a flat base and convex sides. The interior of the dish is decorated with central glaze creating a brown look while the rim and outer sides have been left unglazed. Beautiful seawater encrustation is visible to the surface.

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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: Very fine. Some areas of discoloration, especial to the backs, from seawater exposure.
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The Tek Sing (which means “True Star” in Chinese) was a large Chinese junk, which sank on 6th February 1822 in an area of 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”.

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