The Nanking Cargo was named after the type of porcelain in the Dutch East India Company ship "Geldermalsen", which sank near Java in 1751 and was salvaged in 1985. The cargo was salvaged by a team led by Captain Mike Hatcher and included over 150,000 pieces of blue and white porcelain, 125 rrare Chinese gold ingots and two important cannons. The cargo was sold by Christie's in Amsterdam, comprising 2,800 lots spread over 5 days in April - May 1986, realising over $US20 million.
A Chinese Nanking Cargo, blue and white teabowl and saucer, qianlong period with 'Batavia brown exterior. Decorated with watery landscapes. Christies label to base 'Nanking Cargo Lot 5621'. Saucer Dia. 13.5 cm
Two blue and white pouring vessels, Qianlong, circa 1740, each one with a handle and painted with a landscape scene, 9.5 cm high, 18.3 cm diameter and 9 cm high, 18 cm diameter. Provenance: Christie's Amsterdam, 'The Nanking Cargo' lot 4049 and 4109
A large and rare Nanking Cargo blue and white fish plate, Qianlong, circa 1740, well painted with fish swimming amongst water plants, four floral meanders on the cavetto, 45.5 cm diameter. Provenance: Christie's Amsterdam 'The Nanking Cargo' n.1232, Michae
A Chinese export blue and white dish, qing Dynasty, circa 1750, salvaged from the Nanking cargo, circular with raised sides and a slightly lobed edge, the centre painted with buildings in a landscape, the cavetto and border with geometric and fruiting foli
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