Tek Sing Blue & White Cup and Saucer


A blue and white glazed ceramic cup and saucer from the Chinese Tek Sing Period. The cup’s exterior is enriched with a frieze of flowers. Blossom alternates with potted chrysanthemums. The interior features a bird from behind, facing left, perched on a rock. Vertical lines decorate the background possibly mimicking the sky with clouds above. The scene is framed by two concentric circles. A row of spiral motifs are visible around the rim. The saucer too features a bird at the centre encompassed by two concentric circles. This bird is much more naturalistic compared to the cup. Alternating blossom and potted chrysanthemums encompass the central image with a band of spiral motifs along the rim. The reverse displays two branch motifs.

Date: Circa 18th-19th century AD
Period: Qing Dynasty
Condition: Very fine condition, some dulling to the glaze due to the sea exposure. The measurement of each piece individually are as follows. The cup; 7cm width, 3.5cm height. The saucer; 10.7cm width, 1.8cm height.

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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 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 83 g
Dimensions W 10.7 x H 4.2 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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