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The Tek Sing Wreck Collection

210 Lot Collection

The Tek Sing Wreck Collection consists primarily of blue and white decorated plates, bowls and dishes, with some blanc de chine, celadon and olive glazed porcelain vases, cosmetic boxes and jars. The majority of the collection was manufactured at Dehua kilns. It is, to date, the largest cargo of Chinese porcelain that has been salvaged from a wreck.

A selection of Lotus Bowls recovered from the Wreck of the Tek Sing

A selection of Lotus Bowls recovered from the Wreck of the Tek Sing

One can only surmise why the captain of the Chinese trading junk Tek Sing chose to take a short cut across the Belvidere Shoals between Java and Indonesia. It was a journey that he had undertaken many times before. Perhaps because it had been thirty days since he had left Amoy with his cargo of 350,000 pieces of Chinese porcelain, he felt he needed to make up lost time? After all he had quite a cargo aboard and on a ship that was only 50 metres long, things were probably a little claustrophobic. However, he was also carrying a rather more valuable cargo - 1,600 immigrants on their way from Amoy to Batavia.

The captain's decision proved to be tragic as the Tek Sing, or in translation The True Star, struck a reef on 6th February 1822 and sank shortly afterwards in 100 feet of water. The following day, Captain Pearl aboard a British 'East Indiaman' saw an uncharted sea of rocks, which on close inspection proved to be wreckage from the Tek Sing that extended for miles and onto which clung the survivors. Less than 190 survivors were fished out of the water with the death toll being greater than that of the Titanic.

The wreck of the Tek Sing was discovered and salvaged in 1999 by marine salvor Captain Mike Hatcher and consists primarily of blue and white decorated plates, bowls and dishes, with some blanc de chine, celadon and olive glazed porcelain vases, cosmetic boxes and jars, the majority manufactured at Dehua kilns. It is to date the largest cargo of Chinese porcelain that has been salvaged and arguably the most tragic.

Lots from the Collection

Lot MA14/1

Lot MA14/1: A Losol Ware White Star Line Salad Dish

A Losol Ware White Star line salad dish, transfer printed emblem to centre with brown and cyan coloured border, brown factory backstamp to underside, (some heat damage to glaze).

Estimate: £80 - £100
Realised: £95
Lot MA14/2

Lot MA14/2: A Royal Porcelain Works Transport Services Soup Bowl

A Royal Porcelain Works Transport Services soup bowl, with blue glaze crest and banding, blue glaze factory mark to base, 27cm diameter.

Estimate: £80 - £100
Lot MA14/3

Lot MA14/3: An Early 19th Century Sunderland Copper Lustre Plaque 'The Mariner's Compass'

An early 19th century Sunderland copper lustre plaque 'The Mariner's Compass', either by Moore or Garrison, central monochrome transfer with red and green glaze highlights within a purple and copper lustre border, 21x23cm.

Estimate: £40 - £60
Realised: £45
Lot MA14/4

Lot MA14/4: Tek Sing Cargo - Two Chinese Porcelain Boxes and Five Heavily Encrusted Bowls

Tek Sing Cargo - Two Chinese porcelain boxes and five heavily encrusted bowls the former of circular form, the larger painted in blue with a simple bloom, 5.5 and 8.5cm the bowls painted on the exterior with a simple band of circles and dots, 10.5cm diameter.

Estimate: £100 - £120
Lot MA14/5

Lot MA14/5: Tek Sing Cargo - Thirty Chinese Porcelain Bowls

Tek Sing Cargo - Thirty Chinese porcelain bowls of circular form the interior and exterior painted in blue with lotus bands containing lingzhi fungus and peach branches, 16cm diameter, concentric ring marks.

Estimate: £320 - £380
Realised: £350
Lot MA14/6

Lot MA14/6: Tek Sing Cargo - Twenty Swatow Porcelain Bowls and Matching Stands

Tek Sing Cargo - Twenty Swatow porcelain bowls and matching stands of circular form painted variously in iron red with lotus pod and petals, 16cm diameter.

Estimate: £180 - £220
Realised: £280
Lot MA14/7

Lot MA14/7: Tek Sing Cargo - Fifty Chinese Porcelain Dishes

Tek Sing Cargo - Fifty Chinese porcelain dishes of circular form comprising each painted with a ribbon bound basket of flowers and foliage within blue borders, the reverse with simple sprigs, 15cm diameter.

Estimate: £220 - £280
Realised: £200
Lot SC21/8

Lot SC21/8: Tek Sing Cargo - Fifty Chinese Porcelain Bowls

Tek Sing Cargo - fifty Chinese porcelain bowls of circular form painted on the exterior with a band of circles and dots, 11cm diameter.

Estimate: £180 - £220
Lot MA14/8

Lot MA14/8: Tek Sing Cargo - Five Chinese Porcelain Bowls

Tek Sing Cargo - Five Chinese porcelain bowls of circular form the exterior printed in blue with a simple mountainous landscape, the reverse with a naive bloom, 14.5cm diameter.

Estimate: £60 - £80
Realised: £100
Lot SC21/9

Lot SC21/9: Tek Sing Cargo - Fifty Chinese Porcelain Bowls

Tek Sing Cargo - fifty Chinese porcelain bowls the exterior of each painted with a stylised landscape, 14cm diameter.

Estimate: £200 - £250
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