A rare Antique porcelain spoon, salvaged from the fascinating Tek Sing Shipwreck and dating to approximately 1822.
The spoon, of typical form, decorated with thick celadon glaze and with notch on the underside to prevent the utensil from falling into the hot soup! The notch is a feature that was common in antique Chinese spoons but has become lost in their modern equivalents.
The underside of the spoon contains the official Tek Sing treasure sticker and number, confirming the item's provenance and legal status on the art market.
The Tek Sing is probably the most important Antique shipwreck ever discovered. This once magnificent vessel has rightly been compared to that most famous of ships, the Titanic. The Tek Sing, which means "True Star", was a Huge Trading Junk, measuring 165 feet long and weighing over 1000 tonnes. It left from Amoy in Southern China carrying the largest quantity of porcelain known from any wreck. The ship was destined for the port of Jakarta in Indonesia, from where the valuable cargo would be distributed to the lucrative Eastern and European markets. The Tek Sing also carried a human cargo - 1600 immigrants and nearly 400 crew and merchants. The immigrants were all Chinese, hoping to escape the Economic problems of Early 19th Century China, which were a prelude to the first Opium... read more