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Shipwreck Salvaged Sea Encrusted Tek Sing Treasure Saucer Ornament - 1822

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A fascinating antique saucer, salvaged from the famous Tek Sing Shipwreck, dating to 1822 AD. Covered in beautiful marine encrustations, fascinating evidence of the centuries spent undisturbed on the ocean floor! The sale price is for ONE saucer similar to those shown. We have purchased a large group of highly desirable ceramics salvaged from the famous Titanic of the East (Tek Sing) shipwreck. This is a great opportunity to purchase a genuine, well provenanced antique saucer at a bargain wholesale price. Ceramics from the Tek Sing are surely some of the best value antiques currently on the market! These porcelain saucers are well formed and survive in remarkable condition, despite their near 200 years underwater. The saucers contain the official Tek Sing treasure stickers, 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 War. An ill-fated decision by the Ship's captain to take a short-cut through the Gaspar Strait resulted in catastrophic damage to the ship, the death of 90% of those on board and the complete loss of its porcelain cargo to the cold waters of the South China Sea. The remnants of the Ship and its 190 surviving passengers were discovered the next morning by James Pearl and later recorded in Hursburgh's "Directions for sailing to the East Indies", 1848. The wreck was subsequently forgotten until its rediscovery in 1999 by salvage expert Michael Hatcher, who used Hursburgh's book of 1848 as his starting point! After this momentous discovery the precious porcelain cargo was carefully removed, conserved and legally sold under the authority of the Nagel Tek Sing Treasures cooperative. Diameter: 3 3/4 inches Condition: Unrestored and with wonderful marine encrustations. Provenance: Tek Sing wreck, salvaged 1999. Location of the wreck Authenticity Our parent company, ArtAncient Ltd. are members of the Antiquities Dealer's Association, LAPADA, CINOA and the BNTA. We exhibit at major art fairs and have sold to museums and important collectors. All objects we sell are authentic as described. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. 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. Our terms and conditions are available on request or can be found on our website. As legitimate sellers, 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.