Antique Chinese Qing Porcelain Hatcher Cargo Shipwreck Dragon Wine Cup - 1643

An utterly charming, finely potted and painted wine cup, salvaged from the famous Hatcher Cargo shipwreck. Dating to the very end of China's Ming dynasty, to early Qing, circa 1643 AD. A delicate blue and white porcelain wine cup. The decoration is wonderful; a slender, sinewy dragon curves around the body of the cup, chasing a flaming pearl, surrounded by cloud scrolls. The Hatcher cargo was discovered in 1983 on Admiral Stellingwerf Reef, off Bintan Island, near Indonesia. The wreck sunk in around 1643, carrying a cargo of top quality blue and white Ming and early Qing Dynasty wares, produced in the Jingdezhen kilns, Jiangxi province, southern China. Considered by many as, one of the most important wrecks of Chinese ceramics ever discovered. A beautiful, elegant and refined piece of Antique Chinese porcelain.

Height: 1 3/4 inches.

Condition: Near invisible chip to rim. Unrestored. Overall superb condition. Provenance: Ex. Hatcher Cargo, discovered in 1983. Ex. Christie's, June 1984.

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