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


Two Nanking Cargo Martabans

Chinese, 18th century, shipwreck pottery storage jars, both of bulbous form with loop form lug handles on the tops of the shoulders, both with encrustations; 5-3/4 x 7-1/2  in. and 4-1/2 x 6 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.  

Provenance:Christie's, Amsterdam, April 28-May 2, 1986, lots 17-25; Collection of Carl L. Crossman, Wellington, Florida


surfaces consistent with salt water exposure, smaller jar missing one lug handle, chips and roughness to edges, encrustations 

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


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