These (stock clearance) items are genuine antique Ming dynasty porcelain wares but very affordable. Each of these Antique Chinese porcelain piece was recovered from the Wanli (c. 1625) shipwreck and are therefore almost 400 years old. The artifacts offered on this page may not be the best available but where do you find genuine antique Ming dynasty porcelain for these prices?
Genuine antique Ming dynasty porcelain and antique Chinese porcelain pieces for sale at affordable prices
Ser. No. W-6638
A kraak plate with ducks at a lotus pond signifies blessings for a fruitful marriage, since a marriage proposal was made by a man sending a duck to a woman's family as a present. Acceptance of the duck meant acceptance of the proposal. The lotus, shown in different stages of growth, symbolizes purity and abundant offspring's by recalling the common phrase "from the lotus comes noble offspring" The plate is in rather good condition with very high pitch resonance sound when tapped. There is some sand on the glaze surface which is the result of sand, used as insulator, to another plate placed above during firing. This artifact will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity
Shipping weight: 0.7 kilo
Size: 21 cm diameter
Price. USD. 395.00

The Ming dynasty decorators first outlined the intended painted motifs with a thin 'outline' using a fine brush. He would then 'fill-in' or 'wash' the area inside the outlines with different shades of cobalt blue, leaving the background white.

In 'reserve' painting the outline work is the same but instead of filling-in the area inside the outlines, he would wash the outside the outlines, leaving the background blue.

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Ser. No. W-1457
A RARE, peony dish with good contrasty decoration painted in 'reserve'. The peony is one of the most exquisite flower to the Chinese. It is the symbol for nobility and value and is said to be the king of all flowers. As a symbol of spring, it is also used as metaphor for female beauty and reproduction. The dish has nice glossy glaze surface. There is little warping of the dish whilst there is a short, fine and now mended hairline. The resonance is fully restored. This artifact will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Shipping weight: 0.7 kilo
Size: 21.5 cm diameter
Price. USD. 595.00
Ser. No. W-2336
Peony dish with good contrasty decoration painted in 'reserve'. The peony is one of the most exquisite flower to the Chinese. It is the symbol for nobility and value and is said to be the king of all flowers. As a symbol of spring, it is also used as metaphor for female beauty and reproduction. The dish is totally intact and shows nice glossy glaze surface and has high resonance sound when tapped. This dish will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Shipping weight: 0.7 kilo
Size: 21.5 cm diameter
Price. USD. 680.00

Ser. No. W-7615
A good quality kraak plate showing a bird on a rock below a flower arrangement. These motifs express wishes for a long life which to the Chinese means: chun guang chang shou referring to the theme: 'spring time and longevity'. All this together connotes blessings for vibrant youth and healthiness
and long life . Resonance of the plate is very good with glaze surface smooth and satin There are two very small and hard to see rim fill at about 4 and 7 o'clock. This artifact will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Shipping weight: 0.7 kilo
Size: 21.5 cm diameter
Price. USD. 495.00
Fungus decorated bowl
The  glossy ganoderma or Linzhi fungus, is a plant with medicinal values and a symbol for longevity. It is often seen together with the deer as the deer is the only animal which can find the sacred fungus.
W-6498 This bowl is intact except for a chip in the foot ring, The glaze is partly deteriorated.
W-4699 is intact but has a mended hairline and now has a very high pitch sound when tapped.
The diameter of the bowls is: 14 cm in diameter
Chi-dragon decorated bowl.  
Size: 14 cm diameter  
Ser. No. W-7300
Shipping weight: 0.7 kilo
Price USD. 145.00

The dragon, to the Chinese is the ultimate symbols of cosmic Chi, or energy, The dragon is the most potent symbol of good fortune and represent abundance and relief. Achievement and prosperity are also part of the dragons arsenal of good deeds. The bowl itself has a small chip on the rim and two very fine hairline. But, does that matter with all the good things the dragon will bring?
The bowl is 14 cm in diameter
Ser. No. W-6498
Size: 14 cm diameter
Shipping weight: 0.7 kilo
Price USD. 95.00
Typical interior decoration on all fungus bowls
About apocryphal marks:

The 17 th century Portuguese and Dutch buyers required porcelain wares to have markings of some kind in the base. A letter from the Dutch headquarters in Batavia to their office in Taiwan request in 1610:  "It should be seen to that all these afore-noted kinds of porcelain have under the bottom a blue seal, for about this they (the buyers) are very particular." 

Since the decorators were not allowed to paint the present emperors reign mark on export wares, they painted the mark of an previous emperor. Such marks are very common and always indicating and earlier production time.  The present emperors' reign mark could only be applied to imperial wares ordered by the palace.

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Tender edges , or as the Japanese more graphically described it, 'moth-eaten' edges is a technical fault in early 17th century porcelain. This effect is seen when the glaze breaks off in patches along sharp edges in a rather irregular manner and particularly common on the rims of bowls, dishes and plates. The cause is complex, but is mainly due to the physical  properties of the raw materials and the varying surface tensions of the ingredients of the body and glaze. The fault was overcome in the later part of the 17th century when the potters adjusted the proportions of raw materials.

Tender edges is a commonly acceptable factor for authenticity and should not be mended, as a principle,  as it adds to the provenance of the ware. The 'faking' of 'tender edges' is not possible as the edges of the broken off pieces cannot be made as sharp at the original.

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Flower bowl Ser. No. W-4924
A large totally intact flower bowl from the Wanli (c. 1625) shipwreck  There are four flower medallions shown on the exterior and a rather high border on the inside wall show a landscape setting with willow trees, pagoda, a fishing man and a seascape.  The decoration is well made in contrasty cobalt oxide and is covered by a satin glaze surface. There is very little 'tender edges'' along the rim. The resonance of the bowl is very, very good and suggest good quality clay and high-temperature firing.  The bowl will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity.
NO other large Ming dynasty bowl can be found anywhere else for this low price!!
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On this place we will offer a special artefact. This piece will not necessarily be from one of our shipwreck sites but could also be from the company's or Sten Sjostrand's reference collection.The purpose is to offer this artefact at a very special price for those who navigate all the way to the bottom of this page. So, don't be fooled by the price, each piece offered will be 100% genuinely old
Ref. No: 28
This small dish from the  period of emperor Kangxi (the second Qing emperor to rule over China proper, from 1661 to 1722 is in very good condition. The landscape motif, in high contrast, is very well executed in typical Kangxi manner. there is two very small, short rim chips that are hard to see. A nice dish for a affordable price. The dish will be supplied with a Letter of Authenticity

Shipping weight: 0.7 kilo
14.5 cm in diameter
Price USD 195.00

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Ser. No. W-4964
Peony dish with good contrasty decoration painted in 'reserve'. The peony is one of the most exquisite flower to the Chinese. It is the symbol for nobility and value and is said to be the king of all flowers. As a symbol of spring, it is also used as metaphor for female beauty and reproduction. The dish is intact but has two, now mended, very fine hairlines which are hard to see. With this professional mending the dish has restored to its original nice pitch resonance sound. This dish will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Shipping weight: 0.7 kilo
Size: 21.5 cm diameter
Price. USD. 580.00

Flower bowl Ser. No. W-3292
This flower bowl is also in rather good condition. There is good contrast in the decorations, no hairline and satin glaze surface. There is however a small, shallow, rim repair which can be seen in the picture on the right. There are no 'tender edges'. along the rim. The bowl will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity.  
NO other large Ming dynasty bowl can be found anywhere else for this low price!!
Ser. No. W-4699
Size: 14 cm diameter
Shipping weight: 0.7 kilo
Price USD. 185.00
Size: 22 cm diameter
Shipping weight: 1.75 kilo
Price. USD. 645.00
Size: 22 cm diameter
Shipping weight: 1.75 kilo
Price. USD. 495.00
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Large Qilin bowl Ser. No. W-1029
An unusual bowl featuring the magical and mythological beast: Qilin which the Chinese believe is a good omen for just about everything. The Qilin can appear in many shapes. Often with a brushy tail, horn and a scaled body. In whichever way it appear it always represent auspicious events/futures.
In addition to the Qilin, there is bamboo, flower arrangement and a nicely rendered pheasant. Overall the bowl is unusually well decorated and only few similar pieces were found in the Wanli cargo. The bowl is in good condition but had a fine hairline which now is mended and the resonance of the bowl fully restored.
The rim is free from 'tender edges'. The base show a apocryphal six character (Chenghua Nian Zao) reign mark of emperor Chenghua (1464-1487)The bowl will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity
Size: 22 cm diameter
Shipping weight: 1.75 kilo
Price. USD. 685.00
Landscape bowl Ser. No. W-666
This large bowl show a 'soft' cobalt oxide decoration of a man in a landscape, a classical cloud motif and a man playing a flute. This bowl combine numbers of rare motifs: among them a beautifully executed cloud motif. The theme of the decoration is a peaceful, long and healthy life in which the placing of the man inside the fence the decorator express wishes for inner Peace. There is a shallow repair of the rim but the bowl is otherwise free from 'tender edges'. Resonance of the bowl when tapped is very good. The base show a apocryphal six character (Chenghua Nian Zao) reign mark of emperor Chenghua (1464-1487)The bowl will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity.  
Size: 22 cm diameter
Shipping weight: 1.75 kilo
Price. USD. 485.00

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