If you like to buy old time pottery, Chinese porcelain & pottery, Chinese ceramics or Asian antiques from legally excavated historical shipwrecks, this site is for you. Most artifacts are sold with a Certificate of Authenticity
This site is about our interest for old time pottery, antique Chinese porcelain and pottery and Asian antiques from our own shipwreck excavations. The recoveries from these shipwrecks include Ming dynasy porcelain, 17th century kraak porcelain and other antique Asian pottery
After completed excavations and sharing of artifacts with the National Museum, the balance artifacts can be purchased online from these pages. These artifacts will be supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity and, if required, an export permit from the National Museum in Malaysia. Sten has spent more than forty years in Southeast Asia designing and engineering various marine structures. His interest in Asia's pottery and porcelain eventually lead to his search and excavation of numbers of ancient shipwrecks. As a championship sailor Sten has extensive knowledge and interest in ancient maritime trade, ships designs and construction. It is these interests and gained knowledge that is the base for all his books and extensive lecturing. Sten's company; Nanhai Marine Archaeology Sdn. Bhd. work with Malaysia's Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage and can therefore offer a legal Export Permit from the Department of Museums when so required. With this background and expertise, Sten confidently assist international museums to collect and display meaningful and authentic ceramic collections. Sten's additional research include the location of ancient kiln sites (in Thailand and various places in China) where his shipwreck pottery was made centuries ago. He is therefore able to offer absolute provenance on all ceramics sold on these web pages and with good conscience sign every Certificate of Authenticity supplied with all artefacts.
The maritime archaeology of Sten Sjostrand has led to major advances in the study of Asian trade and trade ceramics in Southeast Asia. His meticulous documentation of a series of nine shipwrecks from the 11th to 19th centuries reveals the early dominance of Chinese trade ceramics, a subsequent loss of the Chinese monopoly in the late 14th century when Southeast Asian ceramics entered the market, the basic parameters of the Ming gap shortages of the 14th-15th centuries, and a resurgence of Chinese wares in the 16th and 17th centuries. Just as important, Sjostrand freely shares the information from his discoveries. Researchers are welcome at his headquarters where he documents his finds and patiently answers the queries of others. A lifetime’s experience with the sea and sailing allows Sjostrand to bring new understanding to ancient ship construction, and his voluminous reading allows him to set the ships and their cargoes in historical perspective.
Dr. Roxanna M. Brown
Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum
Bangkok University, Rangsit campus
Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand
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Books, reports and catalogues from our excavations are available from our publications page. Outrageous low prices for antique Chinese porcelain, Asian antiques and other ming dynasty porcelain and pottery: Click here
About our shipwrecks, research and the work we do
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Nanhai Marine Archaeology Sdn. Bhd. was incorporated on the recommendation of the Malaysian authorities. This was done in order to formalize and to expand on the company’s researcher’s extensive knowledge of Asia’s ceramic developments and maritime trade. The company’s researchers have been engaged in the search for historical shipwrecks for more than two decades and another decade researching maritime trade. Most of this work is concentrated to the South China Sea, a virtual highway for ancient shipping linking China to India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia in an extensive maritime trade system. This ancient trade started sometime around the 4th century and lasted well into the 19th century.
Following a successful shipwreck discovery, the company obtain a government permit to excavate the wreckage, and then carry out detailed marine archaeological procedures in recovering the artifacts, mapping the ship's remains and securing other data for future research. After each concluded project and following conservation of recovered artifacts, we search for and pinpoint ruined kiln sites and compare its wasters with the recovered ceramics until we are satisfied we located the place in which the shipwreck pottery was made centuries earlier.
As such we have precisely located a kiln sites in Sisatchanalai, northern Thailand in which our Royal Nanhai and the Nanyang shipwreck celadon ware was made around AD. 1380-1460. (See videos on our photopage ) Other kilns was located in Sukhothai where production wasters matched the fish and flower plates found on the Turiang and the Longquan shipwreck. These unique underglaze decorated wares was made at those exact kilns 600 years earlier! Our latest shipwreck cargo; The Wanli Shipwreck, of Chinese blue and white porcelain, was likewise pinpointed to the Guangyinge kiln site in Jingdezhen, China. (See video on: http://www.ming-wrecks.com/photopage.html ) Our arrangement with the Malaysian authorities is such that we finance all operations and train young Malaysian nationals (on our initiative) in maritime archaeology and related research. After giving all unique and single artifacts and thirty percent of all recovered items to the National Museum (and assisting with exhibitions of artifacts from each project) we are allowed to sell our portion of the recovery to finance future projects. The findings from ongoing research and the compilation of reports, books and catalogues are available on these pages as well as on a separate Internet site: http://www.maritimeasia.ws Due to the unquestionable authenticity and precisely dated shipwreck pottery, many International Museums now display our shipwreck pieces as reference material.
The artifacts sold on this website are therefore legally and properly excavated and can be supplied with an export permit from the Department of Museum in Malaysia should this be required. This unique working arrangement makes us one of the few Internet sellers that sell from own excavation and issues a meaningful Certificate of Authenticity for every (numbered) piece sold. So, if you are interested to purchase some of our Antique porcelain, old time pottery or other shipwreck artifacts from the Song dynasty, Ming porcelain or Chinese blue and white porcelain or the famous Yixing teapots, you can rest assured that every piece is excavated through proper archaeology by our own staff. We do not sell anything that is not excavated by ourselves or properly recorded and researched before offered for sale so every piece comes with the “Best possible provenance” WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO EMAIL OUR PRINCIPAL RESEARCHER; Sten Sjostrand SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR POSSIBLE PURCHASE
At Nanhai Marine Archaeology we search for ancient shipwreck in the South China Sea. Once we have discovered a shipwreck, we will seek permit to excavate it from the Malaysian authorities. During the excavation, we are careful to record all aspects of the ships remains, the cargo components and other relevant information's which are obtainable. After completing this offshore work, which usually takes 2-4 years, we will preserve and restore all the Asian antiques from the wrecksite and to research its manufacturing sites as well as its relevance in maritime trade context. Then, after all this work we write report, books and spend a lot of time communicating our discoveries with the interested community. Thereafter we are allowed (by the Malaysian authorities) to keep or to sell 70% of the recoveries to finance further projects. This system leaves the Malaysian National Museum with 30% of all recoveries including all unique types of artifacts from the wrecksite.
The recovered artifacts include old time pottery, antique Chinese porcelain and pottery. In other instances we have recovered other antique artifacts which include Chinese pottery, other Ming dynasty porcelain, antique Asian Pottery and when lucky; antique Yixing teapots. In one instance, in the Wanli (AD.c. 1625) shipwreck, we recovered 17th century kraak porcelain, other 17th century artifacts, antique bowls with unique pottery marks and sometimes, rare Sukhothai pottery. All these artifacts from shipwreck are absolutely antiques and are sold by us together with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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