Shipwrecks

HOI AN HOARD

  • Year: Circa late 15th century (same period as Henry VIII)
  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Auction: Butterfields – San Francisco, California, USA / October 2000

The Hoi An wreck was discovered in the early 1990s off the coast of Vietnam. The ship dates to the 15th Century, and its porcelain was very difficult to salvage due to the depth of 230 feet. The rare Vietnamese blue and white porcelain generated considerable excitement when it was auctioned at Butterfields in 2000.

TEK SING

  • Year: Circa 1822
  • Origin: Chinese
  • Auction: Nagel – Stuttgart, Germany / November - 2000

 The Tek Sing (“True Star”) is was nicknamed the “Titanic of the East” due to the large number of passengers on board, only some of whom survived. A huge quantity (350,000) of the ships cargo was salvaged in 1999 and came to auction in Stuttgart, Germany.

NANKING CARGO

  • Year: Circa 1750
  • Origin: Chinese
  • Auction: Christies –Amsterdam, Netherlands / April - 1986

The fine export porcelain of the Geldermalsen, originally destined for the Netherlands, went down with the rest of the ship 3rd January 1752. It was discovered on a reef by famous salvager Michael Hatcher and finally auctioned in Christies -Amsterdam in 1986. 

CA MAU

  • Year: Circa 1725 (early 18th century)
  • Origin: Chinese
  • Auction: Sotheby’s – Amsterdam, Netherlands / January - 2007

The porcelain cargo of the Ca Mau wreck was originally intended for the western market but after an intense fire on board, the ship sank 90 miles of the coast of Canton. The porcelain finally reached the west in 2007, when it was auctioned to much acclaim at Sotheby’s Amsterdam.