Ser. No. D-34258  Flower dish

Very good, totally intact, dish with nicely executed decoration. The dish has high glaze gloss glaze and very high resonance sound when tapped. This is one of the best flower dish from the Desaru (c. AD. 1830) shipwreck A nice dish for a nice price.The dish will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity
                      
Shipping weight: 1.5 kilo
                               Size: 26.5 cm diameter
                                     Price. USD. 345.00

This group of celadon glazed bowls arrive from the Desaru (c. AD. 1830) shipwreck. Although made at one of the Jingdezhen potteries, no matching kiln wasters could be found during onsite research. The bowls can therefore not be attributed to a special studio while it appear certain they were made in the Jingdezhen Old town. This type of bowls are rare as they represent a century old tradition of celadon glazed wares, made green from reduction atmosphere firing condition. The sometimes whitish strikes in the glaze suggest limited reduction firing, showing the natural whitish color of the glaze matrix as it would be before firing. With its clear whitish glaze on the interior, it is clear that the potters applied two different types of glaze to the bowl. The green exterior: containing more iron oxides than in the whitish glaze on the interior. As with most other of our shipwreck ceramics, these celadon glazed bowls are also discussed in the Maritime Archaeology and Shipwreck Ceramics in Malaysia, a National Museum exhibition catalogue written by Dr. Roxanna Brown and Sten Sjostrand to celebrate a permanent display of our shipwreck ceramics.

All Chinese porcelain, blue and white porcelain and other antiques for sale on this page arrive from the excavation of the Desaru Shipwreck. The tentative date for the ship's demise is circa 1830. For more information about the shipwreck excavation and the antiques , visit: The Desaru Shipwreck
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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. works with Malaysia's Department of Museums and Antiquities and can therefore offer legally excavated artifacts from these shipwrecks.

In addition to working with recovering artifacts, Sten has located number of ancient kiln sites in Thailand and in China were his shipwreck ceramics was made centuries ago. He is therefore able to offer absolute provenance on all ceramics sold via Nanhai Marine Archaeology Sdn. Bhd. and, with good conscience sign every Certificate of Authenticity supplied with the artifacts.

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
Director.
Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum
Bangkok University, Rangsit campus
Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand

Chinese antique porcelain, ceramics and antique Ming porcelain and other antique pottery for sale. All antiques for sale are from our own shipwreck excavations.
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The Chinese porcelain bowls and plates on this page was recovered from the Desaru (AD. 1830) shipwreck. The decorations includes a lingzhi fungus (Glossy ganoderma) motif in the center medallion, a fungus scroll at the mouth-rim, and a lotus scroll above a band of lotus panels on the exterior. Our own research in Jingdezhen, China, "The porcelain center of the world" where all Imperial porcelains were made centuries ago, yielded kiln wasters at the ancient Lianghulian kilns identical to the flower bowls shown below.  It is thus almost certain that the bowls was made at that specific kiln complex. Due to perfected potting techniques, good clay and high-firing temperatures of the 19th century, the bowls and plates survived their 170 year old submersion very well. All these artifacts are described in the Maritime Archaeology and Shipwreck Ceramics in Malaysia, a National Museum exhibition catalogue written by late Dr. Roxanna Brown and Sten Sjostrand to celebrate the display of our shipwreck ceramics

The sacred lingzhi fungus is the emblem of immortality and longevity. In combination with the lotus flower  which is the emblem of summer and fruitfulness, the bowl represents everything the Chinese symbolism preaches: A rich and long life.  So, why not buy one...just in case?
Ser. No. D-522
Very nice flower bowl with nice contrasty decoration. Overall, this bowl is very good but there is some smaller glaze flaws in the bottom of the bowl. To be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity
Shipping weight: 0.55 kilo
Price. USD. 115.00

These flower dishes, recovered from the Desaru (c. AD. 1830) shipwreck, are the same type as the longevity dishes and also, likely, made at the the Lianghulian kiln complex, Jingdezhen, China, where similar production wasters was located by our own researchers. The decoration includes a central chrysanthemum and four peripheral half chrysanthemums altering with four pairs of devolved conch shells on the center medallion, and five chrysanthemums altering with five devolved conch shells on the cavetto. The chrysanthemum flower is the emblem of Autumn and the symbol of Joviality. These dishes are also discussed in the Maritime Archaeology and Shipwreck Ceramics in Malaysia, a National Museum exhibition  catalogue written by Dr. Roxanna Brown and Sten Sjostrand to celebrate a permanent display of our shipwreck ceramics.

These flower dishes are more than 170 years old but appear 'new' due to perfect potting technique and high firing temperature. In a way they are new as they left the factory and then, before use, was preserved by soft silt on the seabed.
Typical view of the glazed base with Emperor Daoguang's (AD. 1820-1850) reign mark 
Typical view
of the unglazed base seen on all flower dishes
The glazed base on these bowls shows Emperor Daoguang's (AD. 1820-1850) reign mark 
Ser. No. D-1738. Celadon bowl
This bowl is intact and in an overall good condition with an interesting glaze structure. Resonance of the bowl is very good, high pitch.  The bowl will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity

Size: 14cm in dia.
Price. USD. 135.00
Ser. No. D-736. Celadon bowl
from the Desaru (c. AD. 1830) shipwreck. There are two short and shallow rim fill on this bowl and one hairline. Despite this, it is a nice 180 year old porcelain bowl representative of its time. Resonance is very good. The bowl will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity     
                  
Size: 14cm in dia.
Price. USD. 55.00
The Desaru ship
Wine bowls recovered from the Desaru (c. AD. 1830) shipwreck. These covered bowls are most likely made in Jingdezhen, China. Known as "The porcelain capital of the world". Jingdezhen produced porcelain for the emperor's household and therefore referred to as 'Imperial ware'. Other potteries made porcelain for the export market. The below wine bowls are made for export but of a quality which equal that of imperial ware. The decorations vary. One set of bowls shows four double happiness characters altering with geometric motifs. These bowls was often given in pair as wedding gifts. The other set feature chrysanthemum flowers surrounded by a scrolls. All of the wine bowls are of highest quality and reveal perfected decoration, potting techniques and very high firing temperature. It was the high firing temperature which helped the bowls to withstand the harsh marine environment. Despite looking new, they are in fact more than 170 years old

This wine bowl is discussed in the Maritime Archaeology and Shipwreck Ceramics in Malaysia, a National Museum exhibition  catalogue which was written by the late Dr. Roxanna Brown and our own researcher: Sten Sjostrand. The catalogue was published to celebrate the exhibition of our shipwreck artefacts at the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Typical view of the interior Lingzi, fungus motif
Ser. No. D-517
Nice bowl with high gloss surface with 'soft' decoration. The bowl has a smooth feeling but shows two very small surface chips on the rim. It will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity
Shipping weight: 0.55 kilo
Price. USD. 65.00

Ser. No. D-393
Nice bowl with contrasty decoration and high gloss glaze surface. The is a very small chip at the foot ring which is hard to see. The bowl will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity. 
                          Shipping weight: 0.55 kilo
Price. USD. 120.00

Ser. No. D-500
Very nice bowl with high gloss surface and well rendered, contrasty decorations and  good resonance. One of the best bowls available. The bowl will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity   
Shipping weight: 0.55 kilo
Price. USD. 140.00

Ser. No. D-4900
Nice intact bowl with well executed decoration. The bowl has very high resonance sound when tapped. There is howerr a small surface chip at the rim. It will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity
Shipping weight: 0.55 kilo
Price. USD. 85.00

Ser. No. D-514
Very nice bowl with high gloss surface and well rendered, contrasty decorations with good resonance. One of the better bowls from the Desaru shipwreck. The bowl will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity   
Shipping weight: 0.55 kilo
                                   Price. USD. 140.00

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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: http://www.ming-wrecks.com/photopage.html ) 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 deliver a meaningful Certificate of Authenticity with every artifact issued with a serial number.

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”

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Ser. No. D-521. Flower dish
A nice totally intact dish with contrasty and well drawn decoration. The resonance, when taped, is very good. Glaze surface  is high gloss. The dish will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity

Shipping weight: 1.5 kilo
Size: 26.5 cm diameter
Price: USD. 315.00
All bowls are about 14 cm in diameter
Ser. No. D-55753. Celadon bowl
Nice bowl, intact except for one very small and hard to see rim repair. Resonance is restored. Glaze surface is glossy/satin. The bowl will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity

Size: 14cm in dia.
Price. USD. 95.00
Ser. No. D-633. Celadon bowl
Celadon bowl from the Desaru (c. AD. 1830) shipwreck Nice glaze structure and satin finish. There is however a mended hairline. The bowl will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity

Size: 14cm in dia.
Price. USD. 95.00

Ser. No. D-518
Very nice bowl with high gloss surface and well rendered, contrasty decorations with good resonance. This bowl is one of the best available. The bowl will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity   
Shipping weight: 0.55 kilo
Price. USD. 140.00

Ser. No. D-4933. Wine bowl
Very nice bowl with clear and contrasty decoration. The resonance sound is high pitch which mean that the bowl was fired at very high temperature. There is however a fine, now mended, hairline which is very hard to see.  To be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity 

Shipping weight: 0.9 kilo
Size: 11.5 cm high
Price: USD. 580.00
Ser. No. D-4701
This bowl is totally intact and in an overall good condition with high gloss surface. Decoration is made in a soft tone. Resonance is very high. To be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity
Shipping weight: 0.55 kilo
Price. USD. 95.00

Ser. No. D-1451 Flower dish

Nice dish with clear and contrasty decoration and glossy glaze surface. There is a short, original, rim dent at 2 o'clock and a nice seashell growing at about 3 o'clock. This and some other marine growth on the reverse adds provenance to the dish.The dish will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity
Shipping weight: 1.5 kilo
Size: 24.5 cm diameter
Price: USD. 295.00
Ser. No. D-248. Flower dish
Intact and nice dish dish with 'soft' cobalt oxide decoration. The glaze surface is high gloss. .The dish will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity
Shipping weight: 1.5 kilo
Size: 26.5 cm diameter
Price: USD. 245.00
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