This past week at an antique store in Canada, I came across an old tea-bowl in a glass display case that I instantly caught my attention. One of the employees took it out for my inspection, and it wasn’t long before they dug out about 20 others that were tucked away in storage. I knew I was going to take one home, but it was harder than picking out a new puppy – you want to take them all, but you know you can’t.
I saw (fondled… drooled over) their entire collection in person, most are in perfect condition, a few have minor rim chips, and one has a crack. Several still have barnacles! I told the owner that I was going to be posting my find on TeaChat, and asked that if anyone were to be interested, would they send pictures, and be willing to ship, and they said definitely YES. They cost $225, not including tax or shipping, and come fully authenticated.
They are from the Vung Tau Shipwreck, which was found off the coast of Vietnam, and was excavated in 1989, and auctioned off by Christies in 1992. The ship went down in 1690. http://www.shipwreckexplorer.com/hallst ... tm#Historyhttp://www.maritime-explorations.com/Vu ... 20IJNA.pdf
Apparently, they were sold off in lots, and someone in Canada bought one, and distributed it to a few local antique stores, where most have languished due to lack of interest. The store where I bought mine had the lion’s share of the collection, and the best price (and condition). This is the link for his store: http://www.jonnysantiques.ca/currentstock.html
(contact them through the Shakespeare
address, not the Toronto one. That’s the store where I saw them).
He is expecting inquiries, just mention TeaChat and the tea enthusiast from Virginia who recently bought one. I would also request that they send a photocopy of the Christies auction catalog, just to have around. It’s very informative, and gives some great background.
Sorry, my camera stinks for close-ups, so I have one pic from the other thread, and one from the internet for clarity. I wish you could see mine close-up, it has the most amazing crackles in it! I’ll have to try and borrow a better camera…