Pater Gratia Oriental Art

Amsterdam 1986


Objects 2011082, 2011199B & 2011678


Auction catalogue

The Nanking Cargo. Chinese Export Porcelain and gold, auction catalogue Christie’s Amsterdam, 28 April - 2 May 1986


The the Dutch East India Company, (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC), vessel De Geldermalsen was one of six ships commissioned in 1746 by the Zeeland Chamber, the second most powerful of the six chambers of the VOC. The ships were merchant vessels which the VOC used for long-distance trade to the West Indies, and the Far East round the Cape to Batavia, Canton and South Chinese waters.

On January 3, 1752, while on its way back to the Netherlands with cargoes of Chinese goods loaded

in Canton, it hit a coral reef and sank in the South China Sea.


Captain Michael Hatcher and his team discovered the wreck and in 1985 its porcelain cargo was sold by Christie's Amsterdam as "The Nanking Cargo" two hundred and thirty five years later.


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Publisher: Christie's Amsterdam B.V. 1996


Details: Illustrated hard cover with all colour illustrations.


Pages: 272 pp.


ISBN 10: -


Language: English


Dimensions: 260 mm (10 inch) x 205 mm (8 inch) x 22 mm (0.9 inch).



2011082: Near perfect.

2011199B: Good, signed "C.S." (Colin Sheaf, Christie's?) and dated, with various lotnumber annotations on the last page.

2011678: Good.



2011082: € 129 - $ 137 - £ 92

2011199B: € 99 - $ 105 - £ 71

2011678: € 99 - $ 105 - £ 71

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)


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