Tek Sing Blue And White Glazed Saucer Dishes With Aster Sprays

Three blue and white glazed saucers from the 1822 Tek Sing shipwreck.

All the saucers have a chrysanthemum flower painted in the centre within a dot-dash ring. These are decorated with a dotted band boarder within two parallel lines, just inside the rim.

All three saucers are 2.2 cms tall and 12 cms wide.

Date: Circa 1822 AD
Period: Qing Dynasty
Provenance: From the 1822 Tek Sing shipwreck that was discovered by Michael Hatcher in 1999.
Condition: Very fine condition.
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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” (cf. Nagel Auctions, ‘Tek Sing Treasures’, 2000, TS 137).

These saucers are Dehua blue and white: Dehua was an important place of export during the Song Dynasty. Here ‘Blanc De Chine’ (literally meaning “White from China”) was produced, which was the highest quality of white glaze from China.

Weight 105.6 g


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Reference: Cf. Nagel Auctions Tek Sing Treasures, 2000, TS 143.