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The Ca Mau Shipwreck c.1725

 

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The Ca Mau Shipwreck, c.1725

 

The Ca Mau shipwreck was a Chinese ocean going junk, almost certainly en route from Canton (now Kuangzhou) to the Dutch trading port of Batavia (now Jakarta). Disaster struck of the Ca Mau peninsular, there was a fire on board so severe that some of the porcelain was fused together. There were a few wine cups recovered bearing the mark of the Emperor Yongzheng who reigned from 1723 to 1735. By this time tea and coffee was the rage throughout Europe and the principal traders were the British 'Honourable East India Company' and the Dutch East India Company, (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC). With the demand for tea came demand for porcelain by which to drink it and so most of what they imported in these year was tea wares.(Amsterdam 2007, pp.8-9)

 

The Ca Mau shipwreck was discovered by fishermen working of the Ca Mau peninsular when their nets snagged on it. When they realised the porcelain was saleable they began dredging up as much as possible. Once the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture and Information realised what was happening they moved in quickly to secure the wreck site. The excavation was lead by the Curator of The National Museum of Vietnamese culture. Most pieces not only have the Sotheby’s auction label but also the 'CM' reference number of the Vietnamese conservators. In all, 130,000 pieces were recovered and 76,000 of the finer condition pieces were selected to be sold as 'Made in Imperial China. 76,000 pieces of Chinese Export Porcelain from the Ca Mau Shipwreck, circa 1725' by Sotheby’s Amsterdam on 29, 30 & 31 January 2007. (Amsterdam 2007, pp.6-7

 

The Ca Mau wreck was first reported on in the daily newspaper Tuoi Tre (Youth) on May 5th1998. Accordingly, the authority of Binh Thuan province had confiscated 32,569 artefacts and 2,4 tons of metal objects recovered illegally by two fishermen from a shipwreck off the coast of Ca Mau province. Two experts dated 33,978 artefacts, mainly ceramics, to the Yongzheng reign of the Qing dynasty (1723-1735). Afterward, the recoveries, coded CM1, were handed over to the Binh Thuan Museum. (Amsterdam 2007, p.11) 

2010605, 2010606, 2010607 and 2010608
2010605, 2010606, 2010607 and 2010608

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Objects 2010605/606/607/608

 

Tea service, comprising: a bullet-shaped teapot, cover and stand and two tea cadies. 

 

China

 

c.1725

 

Provenance: Made in Imperial China 76.000 pieces of Chinese export porcelain from the Ca Mau shipwreck, circa. 1725, Sotheby's Amsterdam, 29,30 & 31 January 2007  

 

Height of teapot with cover 120 mm (4.72 inch), diameter handle to spout 165 mm (6.50 inch), diameter of footring 58 mm (2.28 inch)

Height of tea caddies with covers 120 mm (4.72 inch), diameter mouthrims 32 mm (1.26 inch), diameter of footrings 44 mm (1.73 inch)

Height of teapot stand 17 mm (0.67 inch), dimensions 115 mm (4.53 inch) x 125 mm (4.92 inch)

 

Tea service, comprising: a bullet-shaped teapot, pierced cover and stand and two tea cadies. Each object originally decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold, all objects decorated with a pavilion terrace, bamboo fence, and low table festooned with flowers and draped with curtains, the iron-red and gold details now remaining only as ghostly outlines. On the cover a fence with and a single floering plant growing from a taihu (garden) rock, round the rim an undecorated panelled border. 

 

On the base of the teapot the original Sotheby's - UNICOM - CA MAU - BIN THUAN label with number 00008 and the original Sotheby's sale AM0967 (MADE IN IMPERIAL CHINA 76,000 PICES OF CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FROM THE CA MAU SHIPWRECK, CIRCA 1725) lot 1091/7 label and handwritten in black ink: 'CMI.30103a', on the unglazed inner rim of the cover handwritten in black ink: 'CMI.30103b'.

 

On the unglazed base of the teapot stand the original Sotheby's - UNICOM - CA MAU - BIN THUAN label with number 59364 and the original Sotheby's sale AM0967 (MADE IN IMPERIAL CHINA 76,000 PICES OF CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FROM THE CA MAU SHIPWRECK, CIRCA 1725) lot 1091/7 label.

 

On the base of tea caddy 2010606 the original Sotheby's sale AM0967 (MADE IN IMPERIAL CHINA 76,000 PICES OF CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FROM THE CA MAU SHIPWRECK, CIRCA 1725) lot 1091/7 label and handwritten in black ink: 'CMI299???', on the unglazed inner rim of the cover the handwritten in black ink the number: 'CMI.299???'.

 

On the base of tea caddy 2010607 the original Sotheby's sale AM0967 (MADE IN IMPERIAL CHINA 76,000 PICES OF CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FROM THE CA MAU SHIPWRECK, CIRCA 1725) lot 1091/7 label and handwritten in black ink: 'CMI29969a', on the unglazed inner rim of the cover hand written in black ink: 'CMI-29969b'..

 

The design on the objects of this tea service is known as the "Chinese Imari Pavilion" pattern. In total eight tea services comprising of: a bullet-shaped teapot, cover and stand and two tea cadies with this ''Chinese Imari Pavilion" pattern" were sold. (Amsterdam 2007, lot 1087-1094)

 

This sale comes with the original Sotheby's Amsterdam sales invoice for this particlar lot 1091/7

 

2010605

The original Sotheby's Amsterdam 'Ca Mau Cargo' sales invoice for lot 1091/7.

 

Condition: All perfect.

 

Reference:

Amsterdam 2007, lot 1087-1094

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2011573

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Object 2011573

 

Saucer

 

China

 

c.1725

 

Provenance: Made in Imperial China. 76.000 pieces of Chinese Export Porcelain from the Ca Mau shipwreck, circa 1725 sale, Sotheby's Amsterdam, 29, 30 & 31 January 2007.

 

Height 18 mm (0.71 inch), diameter of rim 113 mm (4.45 inch), diameter of footring 61 mm (2.40 inch), weight 56 grams (1.98 ounce (oz.))

 

Saucer on footring, slightly flaring rim. Decorated in underglaze blue with a scholar on horseback searching plum blossom, an attendant walking behind with a plum branch in his arms on the rim a cloud scroll pattern border. The reverse is undecorated. On the base handwritten in black ink: 'CMI.6534' and the original Sotheby's - UNICOM, CA MAU - BINH THUAN label with number 06720 (Amsterdam 2007, pp.70-73)

 

The design on this saucer is known as the "Search for Plum-Blossom" pattern. In total 1,332 teacups and saucers and 1,523 single saucers, with this design were sold. (Amsterdam 2007, lot 183-222)

 

Condition: A firing flaw and a tiny glaze fleabite to the rim.

 

Reference:

Amsterdam 2007, lot 183-222

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2010799

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Object 2010799

 

Saucer

 

China

 

c.1725

 

Provenance: Made in Imperial China. 76.000 pieces of Chinese Export Porcelain from the Ca Mau shipwreck, circa 1725 sale, Sotheby's Amsterdam, 29, 30 & 31 January 2007.

 

Height 22 mm (0.87 inch), diameter of rim 120 mm (4.72 inch), diameter of footring 62 mm (2.44 inch)

 

Moulded saucer on footring. Decorated in underglaze blue with a central medallion of a bird watching the passing of an insect in an open garden, on the interior wall lappet panels of flowering landscapes, around the rim a border of zig-zag lines. On the base handwritten in black ink 'CM4-18.981', the original Sotheby's - UNICOM - CA MAU - BIN THUAN label with number 45157 and a rectangular paper label with '1027' in red overwritten with '73004B' in blue,

 

The design on this saucer is known as the 'Bird and Insect' pattern In total 460 teacups and saucers and 1,470 single saucers, with this design were sold. (Amsterdam 2007, lot 571-588)

 

Condition: Perfect.

 

Reference:

Amsterdam 2007, lot 571-588

 

Price: Sold.

 

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