The samples recovered from the shipwrecked cargo are exclusively Chinese ceramics, in the main blue and white porcelain, and all assessed by experts to be excellent examples of Kangxi pottery. Their quality indicates that they were manufactured in the famous porcelain centre of Jingdezhen, in the Jiangxi Province. Jingdezhen kilns have made porcelain over two millennia, beginning in the Han Dynasty period. Blue and white porcelain was the most famous product of Jingdezhen, and reached the height of its technical excellence in the early Qing Dynasty. The distinctive, high quality cobalt blue colouring of the Kangxi period is referred to as ‘gem blue’ or ‘kingfisher blue’, and is purer and brighter than that of Ming Dynasty wares.
Kangxi Blue and White Tea Bowl with Saucer
A set of blue and white teacup and saucer. On both the interior and exterior, the cup and saucer are decorated with various floral patterns, such as plum, Chinese flowering apples, morning glory, and peach blossom. There is a square character mark at the bottom of each.
Dimension: teacup diameter – 7cm, saucer diameter – 10.3cm.
Period: Kangxi Period, Qing Dynasty
Condition: Fine condition, some dulling of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure.