Tek Sing Rice Bowl C1822 Qing Dynasty
Width - 14cm (across the widest part of the bowl as it is not perfectly circular).
Depth - 6cm
Tek Sing Plate C1822 Qing Dynasty
Width - 15cm
The wreck of the Tek Sing (True Star), a Chinese Junk carrying porcelain bound for Java, went down off the Belvedere Reef, Gaspar Straits (Indonesia) on February 6, 1822. It ran aground on a reef. The Tek Sing was a junk from Amoy (Xiamen) of approximately 1000 tons. It had a crew of 200, 1600 passengers (immigrants) and a large porcelain cargo on board. The great loss of life associated with the sinking has led to the Tek Sing being referred to as the 'Titanic of the East'.
The salvaged cargo contained mercury, sextants, pocket watches, Chinese ink pads, an iron and brass cannon, a bronze cannon, boxes with needles, pocketknives, Chinese brass padlocks, candlesticks, incense burners, telescope parts, coins and 350,000 pieces of Chinese porcelain. Most of the porcelain is from the Dehua kilns. The wreck was discovered by Michael Hatcher on May 12, 1999. The auction of the Tek Sing cargo was held in Stuttgart, Germany, November 2000.
Reference bowl | British Museum
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