CA MAU SHIPWRECK CUP AND SAUCER SETS
Measurements: saucer: 10.6 cm – diameter, cup: 3.6 cm - height
Description: This tea bowl and saucer were made in about 1725 at a porcelain workshops in Jingdezhen in southern China. They come from the Ca Mau shipwreck, sank between 1723-1735, which Vietnamese fishermen discovered off the coast of the Ca Mau Peninsula in southern Vietnam in 1998. It is believed the wreck was a Chinese merchant’s junk on its way from Canton (Guangzhou) to Batavia when it caught fire and sank in about 1725. The merchant had ordered the goods on board for Dutch traders, who had limited access to China and its ports. They were made for the tea-mad European market. Tea parties began as a novel aristocratic amusement, but they soon became popular social gatherings for the middle class as well. Tea was brewed in ceramic or metal pots and then poured into bowls without handles for drinking. Sold as a set. Price is per each set, please send an e-mail with the number of the set you prefer when ordering. Set 1 has SOLD. Set 3 has SOLD.
Reference: National Museum of Australia
Period: 1725 AD
Condition: Very fine, with minor deposits and encrustation.