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Bowl from the 'Nanking Cargo': C.6-2020

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Bowl from the 'Nanking Cargo'


Production: Unknown




Bowl, porcelain, painted with landscape scene in underglaze blue.


History note: Geoffrey Hinton; beuqathed to The Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Geoffrey Hinton

Place(s) associated

  • Jingdezhen ⪼ Jiangxi ⪼ China

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2020-04-27) by Hinton, Geoffrey


18th Century, Early#
Circa 1745 - 1752


This bowl was part of the so-called 'Nanking Cargo', a large quantity of Chinese ceramics made in Jingdezhen for export to the Netherlands. The ceramics were shipped to Nanking and loaded onto the VOC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) vessel, Geldermalsen, for final transportation to the Netherlands. On 3 January 1752, Geldermalsen struck a reef on her return journey to the Netherlands and sank in the South China Sea, with her cargo of tea, textiles, groceries, lacquer, and porcelain, as well as 80 sailors of the 112 who had begun the journey. The cargo was recovered by Captain Michael Hatcher and his team in 1985 and sold by Christie's Amsterdam between 28 April and 2 May 1985.

Materials used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: C.6-2020
Primary reference Number: 243226
Entry form number: 512
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 2 September 2020 Updated: Friday 23 June 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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