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Teabowl

  • Place of origin:

    Vietnam (found)
    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1725 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue

  • Museum number:

    FE.51:1-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 7, The Sheikha Amna Bint Mohammed Al Thani Gallery, case CA15

This object was salvaged from the wreck of a trade ship thought to be a Chinese junk, dating to approximately 1725. This date 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. The wreck 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

Painted in underglaze cobalt blue with a design of a miltary figure, a lady and an official near a pavillion.

Place of Origin

Vietnam (found)
China (made)

Date

ca. 1725 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue

Dimensions

Diameter: 7 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 during the 18th century.

Descriptive line

Blue and white porcelain tea bowl

Labels and date

Tea bowls and saucers
About 1725

These ceramics are from a Chinese junk shipwrecked off the coast of Vietnam. The ship was probably en route from Canton (Guangzhou) to the Dutch trading port of Batavia (Jakarta) in Indonesia. About 130,000 ceramics, mainly tea bowls and saucers, were salvaged from the wreck. Most of the cargo was destined for Europe, but some was
intended for Asian markets.

China (Jingdezhen)

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue

Museum no. FE.49 to 62-2007 [09.12.2015]

Materials

Ceramic; Glaze; Cobalt

Techniques

Fired; Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Figures

Categories

Ceramics

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

East Asia Collection

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