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Spoon

  • Place of origin:

    Vietnam (found)
    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1725 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ceramic, moulding fired and glazed

  • Museum number:

    FE.16-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 44, shelf 3

This small spoon was probably used by communities in South Asia for eating soup and rice porridge. It is one of a number of objects that was salvaged from the wreck of a trade ship thought to be a Chinese junk, dating to approximately 1725. This corresponds to the reign of the Kangxi emperor (1662-1722) of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The wreck was discovered off the Southern coast of Vietnam in 1998 near Ca Mau and is now commonly referred to as the Ca Mau wreck. The ship was loaded with Chinese porcelain of various designs for export to South Asia and Europe. This object is one of a group of 182 pieces of porcelain acquired by the V&A from this wreck.

Physical description

Modelled as a leaf with delicate moulded veins and a knopped handle, painted with a brown lead glaze.

Place of Origin

Vietnam (found)
Jingdezhen (made)

Date

ca.1725 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Ceramic, moulding fired and glazed

Dimensions

Length: 11 cm

Object history note

This object was salvaged from the wreck of a trade ship, probably a Chinese junk dating to approximately 1725. This date corresponds to the reign of the Yongzheng emperor (1723-1735) of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The wreck was discovered off the Southern coast of Vietnam in 1998 near Ca Mau. The wreck is now commonly referred to as the Ca Mau wreck. By 1999 a total of 51,500 pieces had been recovered form the wreck.

It was loaded with Chinese porcelain of various designs for export to South Asia and Europe. This object is one of a group of 182 pieces of porcelain acquired by the V&A from this wreck. These objects were sold through Sotheby's, Amsterdam at sale AM0967 'Made in Imperial China: 76,000 pieces of export porcelain from the Ca Mau shipwreck, Circa 1725' which took place in 2007.

Historical significance: This object provides useful information about trade, trade routes, design and markets for Chinese ceramics.

Descriptive line

Leaf shaped spoon

Labels and date

Spoons made for Asian markets
China, Jingdezhen, about 1725, lead-glazed porcelain [21/11/2008]

Materials

Ceramic; Glaze

Techniques

Fired; Glazed; Moulded

Subjects depicted

Leaf

Categories

Ceramics

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

East Asia Collection

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