Pater Gratia Oriental Art

London 1989/2



Auction catalogue


Title: The Ceramic Cargo of a Medieval South Asian Trading Vessel, auction catalogue Christie's London 11 December 1989.  (To Be Sold On Behalf of BERNARDO'S Donated By Captain Michael Hatcher)


The discovery in 1988 of an early medieval South-East Asian trading vessel, whilst not spectacular, does give a fascinating insight into the export wares on board a vessel travelling the high seas of South East-Asia sometime between the thirteenth and the fifteenth centuries. The cargo was discovered by Captain Michael Hatcher and his team. The Cargo provides a fascinating study vehicle for those interested in the history of Thai ceramics. Until the publication in the 1930s of various articles and privately circulated reports, very little was know about medieval Thai Ceramics. In the 1960s and 1970s further exhibitions and publications helped stimulate an new and vigorous interest in this neglected field. This auction sale will thus bring to the attention of new collectors the charm and simple quality of these characteristic Asian Ceramics.




Success and adventure have followed Captain Mike Hatcher in his voyages around the world. But the an who raised the Nanking Cargo has not forgotten the charity which gave him a start in life. As a way of saying "thank you" to the organisation which looked after him as a child, Captain Hatcher has set up a trust fund to help other yooung people at Barnardo's get off to a good staart in life.


Publisher: Christie's, Manson & Woods Ltd, London, 1989


Details: Soft cover, Full colour illustrations of all 51 lots


Pages: 24 pp.


ISBN 10: -


Language: English.


Dimensions: 265 mm (10.4 inch) x 210 mm (8.3 inch) x 3 mm (0.1 inch).


Private copy, not for sale.


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