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Next Auction – Tuesday 27th February to Friday 1st March from 10am.

Viewing Monday 26th February & on the day of the sale from 9am.


In 1725, a Chinese merchant junk boat en route from Canton to Jakarta tragically sank due to an on board fire off the Ca Mau peninsular in Southern Vietnam. Its cargo consisted of chinaware, porcelains, blue and white ware, porcelains decorated in brown, white-glazed porcelains over-glazed with enamels, and various stoneware. Discovered by Vietnamese fisherman in 1998 after their nets were snagged on the wreck, the resurfacing of the cargo began. In total 130,000 pieces were recovered, and a large majority of the recovery was sold by Sotheby’s in 2007. Ever desirable, the demand for such rare and historical antiquities has remained since it first was consigned for auction. Hannam’s Auctioneers were able to sell an extensive private collection, consigned locally, of Ca Mao cargo, along with similar Tek Sing shipwrecked cargo in their latest monthly three day Fine Art auction. The collection consisted of 2,016 pieces, varying from teabowls, saucers, vases and teapots, and sold to various bidders in the room and online after being catalogued into various lots for a combined total of £42,295.

Maintaining with the nautical theme, another item that sold at Hannam’s was a lovely two day marine chronometer by Charles Frodsham, bought in the room for £5,500. Also, an original Siebe Gorman diving helmet, with internal light fittings sold online for £2,600. Within the Chinese department, a fine 19th century Chinese export silver teapot and cover attributed to Tu Mao Xing, of large proportions sold to an online bidder for £4,800. And on the European front, a large pair of 19th Century Meissen porcelain groups depicting figures upon tall circular bases sold for £1,900. And a beautiful late 19th century French ormolu repeating carriage clock by Tiffany & Co sold for £2,000

Hannam’s invite the public to their saleroom in Selborne throughout the week and they also offer free valuations every Monday from 10am till 2pm. Their next Fine Art auction will be on Wednesday 23rd, 24th & 25th August, with viewing starting on Monday 21st August from 10am. For additional information please call the office on 01420 511788 or email sales@hannamsauctioneers.com.

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