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Exquisite Hoi An shipwreck Swooping Peacock Charger Dish

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Seller: artancientltd (9,292) 99.7%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Asia, AU, Item: 390621514398 One of the largest, most spectacular ceramics from the famous Hoi An cargo. A beautiful, rare Ancient Ming Dynasty charger (serving plate) of Vietnamese origin, dating to approximately 1450 A.D.; a sea salvaged and officially recorded piece from the famous Hoi-An Shipwreck. The charger is of robust form, with ring base, flaring walls and thick, collared rim. The exterior is decorated with jewelled, green enamel lappets. The interior of the piece is bordered by four ogival reserves. The center of this magnificent charger, decorated with a beautiful and elaborate scene of a swooping peacock, clutching a branch in its feet as it prepares to glide into the air, its fantastic tail feathers curling over its back, wings half opened. Surrounded by ornate, blossoming foliage. The underside is adorned with cafe-au lait slip. The majority of pieces from the Hoi An hoard were decorated in the well known blue on white style. A minority of particularly exciting pieces were further decorated with a second layer of detail, then refired at a lower temperature, (so as not to melt the first). This is one such polychrome piece, exhibiting a stunning central scene. This rare piece has a wonderful, romantic provenance. It was excavated from the important Hoi-An shipwreck. The Hoi-An was a huge, overloaded trading ship that sank in the mid 15th Century, probably due to a catastrophic typhoon. The ship was carrying a substantial cargo of High Quality Vietnamese Ming export porcelain. We know that the Hoi An wares were produced in Kilns near modern-day Hanoi and were probably bound for the European Market before the ship was cruelly destroyed and sunk 250 feet into the cold waters of the South China Sea. The fascinating story of the Hoi-An and its recovery has been made into a best-selling novel by Frank Pope, entitled Dragon Sea: A True Tale of Treasure, Archeology, and Greed Off the Coast of Vietnam. In contrast to many unprovenanced Hoi An pieces on the market, this ceramic has been officially recorded by the Vietnamese authorities (VISAL), whose sticker is affixed to the artifact. The recent ratification of the UNESCO convention by South East Asian countries will effectively put a halt to all future shipwreck salvage operations. Consequently, legitimately recorded pieces such as the present example are finite in supply and represent a fantastic investment opportunity at present. Ceramics from the Hoi An wreck can now be found on display in the worlds top museums, including the Ashmolean and the British museum. Diameter: 13 1/2 inches. Condition: Very well preserved. Intact. With glorious matte shadow of the second layer of decoration still preserved. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics Age: Pre- 1800, Region of Origin: Vietnam, Original/Reproduction: Original, Product: Charger, Primary material: Porcelain

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