September 16, 2017 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


Nanking Cargo Daoist Immortal

Chinese, 18th century, standing robed figure, holding fan in one hand a basket of flowers in the other, detailed sash and cords around his waist, 7-1/2 in.

Notes: In 1752, the Dutch ship, Geldermalsen, sank in the South China Sea, having been laden with Chinese export porcelain.  This shipwrecked hoard was discovered in the early 1980s, and was famously auctioned by Christie's in Amsterdam, as The Nanking Cargo.

For a similar example of this piece, please see The Hatcher Porcelain Cargoes, The Complete Record, by Colin Sheaf and Richard Kilburn, 1988, page 155, plate 204. (second Immortal from left)

Provenance:Christie's, Amsterdam, April 28-May 2, 1986; Collection of Carl L. Crossman, Wellington, Florida


glaze lost from saltwater exposure, surface wear, encrustations

Estimate: $400 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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