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Catalog Number R2001.1.2
Object Name Dish
Description Saucer-shaped dish decorated in underglaze blue, with border of semi-circles framed on the rim by a narrow line and zig-zag band of dots, sprays of pomegranate, peach, and fruit-citron in the well, chrysanthemum blossom within a central medallion bordered by flower petals.

The saucer dish is from the cargo of the Tek Sing, a large Chinese junk which wrecked on the Belvidere Reef near Gaspar Island in 1822 while in transit from Amoy to Batavia. In addition to 350,000 pieces of Chinese porcelain, nearly 2,000 people were aboard the Tek Sing when it foundered.

The porcelain cargo, salvaged in 1999 by Captain Michael Hatcher, was largely utilitarian in character and probably intended for the East Indies. It included blue-and-white bowls, dishes, boxes, and urinals; Yixing teapots; white and cracked celadon wares; large brown-glazed storage jars and kettles; and various blanc-de-Chine figure models.
Year Range from 1812
Year Range to 1832
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Museum Purchase
On View No