Learn about Vung Tau Cargo

The Vung Tau wreck, named after the port near which it was discovered, was found by fishermen off the islands of Con Dao in the south of Vietnam, when they retrieved porcelain items that had caught in their nets.

Master mariner, Sverker Hallstrom who had good relations with the Vietnamese government, obtained the license to excavate the wreck after the Vietnam Salvage Corporation had carried out preliminary excavation, and Australian Michael Flecker directed the primary excavation for Hallstrom in 1991.

Experts surmised that the ship was bound from China to Batavia (now Jakarta) circa 1690, where the bulk of the ceramics would have been trans-shipped to a Dutch East India Company vessel for the onward voyage to Holland.

The salvage operation recovered over 48,000 ceramics items, mostly Kangxi blue-and-white porcelain, an impressive collection of white-ware, many pieces of provincial ware, and a wide variety of ship related artefacts.

Christie's auction house selected 28,000 pieces of porcelain for auction in Amsterdam, and the sale raised $US 7.3 million. more...
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

A magnificent Kangxi blue and white shipwreck beaker vase. Qing Dynasty, circa 1690, unknown shipwreck, in the style of Vung Tau shipwreck cargo, the gu-shaped beaker vase decorated throughout with lotus petal shaped panels enclosing traditional landscape

A fine large Kangxi shipwreck blue and white kendi. Qing dynasty, circa 1690, unknown shipwreck, in the manner of Vung Tau cargo wares, the kendi of compressed globular form with vertical fluting and an applied mammary spout, the neck with a lipped rim, an

A small Chinese export blue and white vase and cover, qing Dynasty, Kangxi period (late 17th century), probably salvaged from the Vung Tau cargo, baluster shaped with a domed cover, the body painted with lappet-shaped panels, each enclosing a small boy hol

A small Chinese export blue and white vase, qing Dynasty, Kangxi period (late 17th century), probably salvaged from the Vung Tau cargo, of square yen-yen shape, the sides of the neck and body painted with flowering foliage, a painted leaf mark underside. H

A small Chinese export blue and white vase, qing Dynasty, Kangxi period (late 17th century), probably salvaged from the Vung Tau cargo, of hexagonal baluster shape with a knopped neck, the facets of the body alternately painted with landscapes and flowerin

A small Chinese export blue and white vase and cover, qing Dynasty, Kangxi period (late 17th century), probably salvaged from the Vung Tau cargo, of hexagonal baluster shape with a knopped neck, the facets of the body alternately painted with landscapes an

A small Chinese export blue and white vase, qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period, late 17th century, probably salvaged from the Vung Tau cargo of square yen-yen shape, the sides of the neck and body alternately painted with landscapes and flowering foliage, a paint

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