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Four Circa 1822 Chinese Porcelain "Tek Sing" Shipwreck Bowls

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A set of four antique Chinese porcelain bowls salvaged from the Tek Sing shipwreck which occurred on the 6th of February, 1822. Each porcelain blue and white footed bowl is similar, hand decorated to illustrate a blue landscape scene under glaze.

The Tek Shing (translated to ‘True Star’) was a three masted junk ship which sailed at 1,000 tons in 1822 from the Chinese port of Amoy for Jakarta in Indonesia. She carried 350,000 pieces of export porcelain, 16,000 Chinese emigrants and 200 crew members at the time of sail. The captain reportedly made the disastrous decision to take a shorter route which resulted in a collision with a reef and the sinking of the boat. Only 200 people were rescued making the ship wreck even deadlier than the Titanic.

In 1999, British explorer and salvor Mike Hatcher located the wreck after several weeks of searching. Since the porcelain cargo was so tightly packed, many items were salvaged in nearly pristine condition. A Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each bowl.


- some minor chips around the rims.


6.5" W x 3.0" H x 6.5" D

- measures one.

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