Miniature Chinese vase, from the Hatcher shipwreck, C. 1645


Miniature Chinese porcelain vase, recovered from the Hatcher Junk, painted in underglaze blue with stylised plants. Kanxhi, Jingdezhen kilns, Circa 1645



7cm high


Recovered from the Hatcher Junk in the South China Sea, by Michael Hatcher in the early 1980's. Sold through a massive series of sales in Amsterdam and London, 1985, with 1,958 miniature vases being recorded. Dating comes from a dated inscription for Spring, 1643, and the pieces from the wreck take their importance from this definite date, helping date other un-provenanced pieces.

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