Wanli Treasure Jewellery

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Wanli was a 17th century Portuguese carrack en route to Malacca from China, estimated to have sunk about 1625. There is evidence to indicate this was caused by an act of war, possibly during a clash with a Dutch warship. The wreck site, discovered in 2002, is located off the Terengganu coast and was found to contain a large quantity of highly valued and now extremely rare Kraak blue and white export porcelain. Intact pieces are worth a great deal, but inevitably much of the find was broken. This jewellery is made from carefully selected shards bearing a decoration of peach flowers – symbolising longevity, immortality, springtime and marriage - individually cut to shape and mounted in sterling silver. The pictures are representative but every piece is unique. Pendants are supplied with 18" sterling silver snake chain. Supplied with a certificate of provenance.


Porcelain originated in China around 2,000 years ago, and requires firing at very high temperatures. Porcelain doesn’t require glazing in order to be impermeable to liquids, a key advantage in the manufacture of tableware.


When a Malaysian fisherman found a large blue and white jar encrusted with coral in his nets in 1997, little did he know that six years later, it would lead to the discovery of a ship originally laden with rare Chinese porcelain from the fabled Ming Dynasty. It became known as the ‘Wanli’ shipwreck after the porcelain recovered was found to have been made in the famous kilns of Jingdezhen during the reign of Emperor Wanli (1573-1620). Having bought the jar from the fisherman, well respected historian and salvage expert Sten Sjostrand eventually located the wreck site in 2003, six miles off the east coast of Malaysia. Little of the ship remained intact, most of the cannon were missing and almost all of the porcelain had been damaged by a huge explosion. Gradually, the archaeology revealed the most likely scenario. The ship was thought to have been Portuguese owned, and was possibly attacked by a rival Dutch ship and set alight. When the fire reached the ammunition store, the stern was literally torn off by the resulting explosion, and the remains sank to a depth of 120 feet. Painstaking research showed that from an original cargo of some 37,000 pieces of porcelain, only 800 were rec


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