Chinese Shipwreck Ca Mau Cargo c1725 Large Porcelain Jarlet
Ca Mau Shipwreck Cargo Blue and White Large Jarlet c1725. A beautiful underglaze blue and white jarlet with flared rim, painted with a mountainous lakescape with trees and pavilions, couple of figures conversing in the foreground. This is one of the larger examples of this type of jarlet, there were very few in the cargo. The wreck was discovered by fisherman working off 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. Disaster struck off 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 Yangzheng who reigned from 1723 to 1735. By this time tea and coffee was the rage throughout Europe and the principal traders were the East India Company and the VOC of Amsterdam. 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. All these shipwrecks like the Ca Mau are regarded as time capsules packed with information allowing maritime historians and archaeologists an insight into the life and trade of the time. Here is an opportunity to own a piece of history with a fascinating story. The item "Chinese Shipwreck Ca Mau Cargo c1725 Large Porcelain Jarlet" is in sale since Wednesday, April 10, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Chinese\Porcelain". The seller is "joblackdog" and is located in Norwich. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.