Vung Tau Shipwreck blanc-de-chine box with peony rose relief, c. 1690
Chinese covered box, the lid with central peony relief, both parts with ribbed sides. Provenance: Vung Tau Shipwreck Cargo, sold Christie’s, Amsterdam 1992. Circa 1690.
Hairlines, quite low-fired, signs of being under the sea for 300 years.
The Vũng Tàu shipwreck is a shipwreck that was found in the South China Sea off the islands of Côn Đảo about 100 miles from Vũng Tàu, Vietnam. The wreck was of a lorcha boat—a Chinese vessel with Portuguese influences that has been dated to about 1690, and would have been on its way from China to Jakarta where the Dutch would have purchased the porcelains.. Australian diver Michael Flecker led the recovery in the early 1990's, and it finally made its way to Holland, where it was sold at Christies Amsterdam in 1992.
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