Pater Gratia Oriental Art

Amsterdam 1992

Objects: 2010358, 2010708 & 2010683


Auction catalogue


Title: The Vung Tau Cargo. Chinese Export Porcelain, auction catalogue Christie’s Amsterdam, 7/8 April 1992


The Vung Tau Wreck was discovered by fishermen off the islands of Con Dao in the south of Vietnam. Sverker Hallstrom obtained the license to excavate the wreck after the Vietnam Salvage Corporation (Visal) had carried out preliminary excavation. The starboard side of the hull, from the keel to the waterline, remained in good condition. It was found to be the hull of a lorcha, a ship of combined Eastern and Western influence, and the first ever found. The wreck has been dated to ca. 1690. From an analysis of the cargo it seems that the ship was bound from China to Batavia where the bulk of the ceramics would have been transhipped to a Dutch East India Company (VOC) vessel for the onward voyage to Holland.


The porcelain was destined for a port where it would have been transhipped onto a VOC vessel for the onward voyage to Holland. The other goods were to supply the Chinese community at the same port.


That port was Batavia.


Publisher: Christie's Amsterdam B.V. 1992


Details: Illustrated soft cover with all colour illustrations.


Pages: 132 pp.


ISBN 10: -


Language: English.


Dimensions: 268 mm (10 inch) x 210 mm (8 inch) x 8 mm (0.3 inch)


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