Tek Sing Swatow Bowl

£ 150.00

A Swatow circular bowl with slightly flared sides. It is painted with lotus petals in black, and dull iron-red decoration features inside and out. Unfortunately, much of the design has faded or worn away.

Date: Circa late 18th-early 19th century AD
Period: Qing Dynasty
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).

Swatow (which is now known as Shantou in Guangdong province) was an important South China port, producing export porcelains since the 19th century.

Weight 384 g
Dimensions W 16 x H 7.4 cm



Pottery and Porcelain

Reference: Michael Hatcher, The Legacy of the Tek Sing: China's Titanic - Its Tragedy and Its Treasure, pp127-55, Granta editions.

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