24,000-piece crockery set from under the sea art market
The century opium trade will be launched next week when porcelain from Britain
Crashed and salvaged on the 17 th last 18 years.
Auction in Amsterdam.
Geraldine Norman reports that about 1816 of China-made porcelain will be sold tomorrow and Tuesday at Christie\'s in Amsterdam, price derby with the price of smart modern dinner service you expect to buy from Worcester or Wedgwood
At first glance, they seem to be the kind of thing that the upper crust shows on the wedding lists of Harrods, Thomas good, or general trading companies.
Of course, with modern porcelain, you can usually replace your broken plate or cover Bowl as the factory will continue to do the same design.
This is not easy in the case of Christie;
They sold 24,000 pieces of pottery and porcelain recovered from a ship that crashed in the Straits of Malacca in March 4, 1817.
The wreck was found in December 1993 and its cargo was found from the bottom of the sea last year.
In many cases, they have hundreds of examples of the same type of bowl, dish or cover Bowl, but once the sale is over, the products will be scattered all over the world, when you need a replacement, it\'s hard to find.
A set of 10 blue-and-
White coffee cups and tea trays decorated with diving bird patterns are estimated to cost £ 500£1,000;
There are a lot to buy.
The matching package of six dessert dishes is 300 300-
The 600 range, but the wreckage was not strong on the plate. Pairs of blue-and-
White dishes decorated with something very close to the willow pattern-
There is a bridge, a willow tree, a pagoda and a sailing boat.
£ 1,000 in-£2,000;
Fruit baskets with exquisite perforated edges and supporting brackets are also estimated at £ 1,000 --
£ 2,000 while the large Cover bowl has been put together in pairs with a cover and supporting bracket for £ 2,000£3,500.
If you like a table in Oriental style, 24 Blueand-
The White Dragon Bowl is estimated to be only £ 250-£350.
There are a lot of these products, and Western markets are not expected to be so keen on them.
A set of 32 blue-and-
A total of 64 White graduated bowls and matching dishes decorated with starburst patterns are estimated to be worth £ 1,000
£ 2,000, or a set of 12 (24 pieces)at £500-£1,000.
It was the fourth time Christie\'s auctioned the contents of a crashed Chinese trade vessel.
The first is the contents of a Chinese garbage, which sank in the 1640 s, with about 25,000 pieces of Ming porcelain and transitional porcelain on board
They were a former
The boy who immigrated to Australia, Captain Michael Harcher.
Christie\'s was afraid to flood the market and split the artwork into four sales in the two years between 1983 and 1985.
It was not until the end that they realized that there was a romance in the underwater story itself and that collectors would pay for it.
The next year, Hatcher brought up the contents of Geldermalsen, a Dutch East Indian, who sank at 1751 and had 150,000 pieces of porcelain and 126 gold ingots on board.
When I was in my 1750 s, the Chinese specially provided dinner services for the European market, which Geldermalsen did.
The idea of buying the 18 th-
The porcelain of the century has been eaten, which has aroused the imagination of the public;
After a massive television and news campaign, it was estimated that the porcelain worth £ 1 was worth £ 10.
In 1992, the Vietnamese government commissioned Christie\'s to sell their 28,000 pieces of porcelain recovered from Asian trade waste, which sank about 1690 off the coast of Vung Tau province.
Since Christie\'s is selling on behalf of Vietnam, the US trade embargo in theory means that no American can buy-
But many of them, mainly through dealers.
Christie\'s is once again hoping to raise about 1 and get 4. 5m.
This time the goods came from the Diana, a British vessel that traveled between India and China.
It was discovered in Malaysian territorial waters and the Malaysian government has sent the porcelain for sale.
Diana belongs to a trading company called Palmer in Kolkata.
In 1817, the British economy was still hit by a 20-year war with France, and businessmen in the east of the UK were caught in a new illegal trade.
For most of the 18 th century, British businessmen bought Chinese porcelain in silver;
There was no silver during the war and they found that if they were to ship opium (illegally)
From India to China, they can buy all the porcelain they want.
That\'s what Diana did.
She unloaded illegal goods in Guangzhou and began her voyage back to India.
She\'s going to Madras.
When she went to collect firewood and shops in Malacca in March 4, 1817.
We even know from the contemporary record that Captain Alexander Lyall had diarrhea and went to see a surgeon who couldn\'t do anything.
That night, when the ship was driving on the rock, he died.
Finding the wreckage of Diana was an adventure in itself, with a South African amateur diver named Dorian ball completing a firm job for 10 years.
He arrived in Singapore in early 1979, when he was a computer analyst, married the advertising director of the local Reader\'s Digest, and then found a diving job with Michael Hatcher.
An important part of the salvage game, as it was played today, in 1983, Bauer worked at the Indian Office library in London, when he first met Princess Diana.
It was just one of the 2,000 shipwrecks he listed in the database, but when he and his wife decided to try their own salvage project, they found Diana for legal reasons.
Recently, there have been some fierce disputes over the ownership of the salvaged goods, and Diana has a great advantage in lying in clearly defined territorial waters --
The goods belong to Malaysia.
It took Ball several years to obtain a permit from the Malaysian government to search for a shipwreck.
Then a soul started.
The balls raised money from investors and sent to hi-
Cost of technical survey
They seem to run out of money before the wreck is found.
Diana went down in the muddy deep water.
When Dorian Bauer finally hit a pile of plates, there was not even 1 feet visibility because he sneaked into an abnormal magnetic point on the measurement map.
Over the next few months, the salvage efforts have focused the most closely on the interests of marine archaeology.
There are TV cameras and lights on the diver\'s helmet;
The location of each discovery is carefully recorded;
The Malaysian museum authority has seconded staff to oversee the project.
A video and a book written by Ball himself recorded the recovery.
The goods are roughly divided into three categories: Europe-
Style porcelain for table use;
Bowls and dishes for the South-
East Asian market;
There are also pottery toys modeled on animals and birds, presumably for British children in India. The European-
The quality of style porcelain is not particularly high;
It is clearly intended to be used in India.
The only exception is a large group of dishes decorated with the arm of the esteemed East India Company, which would be very spectacular if the sea did not erode the enamel decoration.
Christie\'s hopes to get a big bid from the United States.
By the beginning of the 19 th century, European demand for Chinese porcelain had gradually decreased after a century of popularity and was gradually replaced by cheap Stafford porcelain.
However, demand in the United States soared, and only after independence from the UK in 1783 did the United States begin to import porcelain directly from China.
The porcelain in such goods, like those imported from the early United States, is now eagerly collected as \"the United States \".
In terms of volume, bowls and tea dishes facing the South-
Sales are dominated by East Asia.
This is a porcelain that is rarely seen in the West, but will see more in the future.
There are fewer pottery toys.
This shoddy, glazed cock, duck, Parrot and puppy has never been seen before --
Although the larger porcelain version is well known.
If there is a regular trade in this toy between China and India, all the others are definitely broken. !