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DIANA CARGO -1816s sunkenship,Ex-Christies
What makes this pair of Blue & White starburst bowl especially interesting and collectible, is they were found in a sunken ship name DIANA CARGO, DIANA was one of the ship owned by Palmer & Co, licensed to trade between the English East India Company- ruled India and Canton in late 18th c. to early 19th century, carrying cotton and opium to the Chinese, and returning with China articles to Calcutta and Madras, one round trip a year. On 4th of March, 1817, DIANA crashes onto the rocks and sunk in the straits of Malacca, lying on the seabed for 176 years, in 1994, found and salvage by a company name Malaysian Historical Salvors, and later in March 1995, every thing found on board was auctioned by Christies in Amsterdam. This pair of blue & white starburst bowl were belonging to the lot # 1044/24, original Christies sticker on the base of the bowls, It read: CHRISTIES DIANA CARGO MARCH 1995 LOT #1044/24. And the bowls are in excellent condition, (they have never been used, only preserve by seawater for 176 years!) size 6 1/2" across x 2 7/8" h. This pair of beautiful bowls are truly collectible items for historians and academics of the historical maritime trade with china.

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