Auction features "sunken treasure"
A CACHE of Chinese porcelain from the 1800s will be included in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next monthly sale on Saturday, November 8.
The haul from the Tek Sing or True Star was first discovered on the seabed, off Jakarta in 1999, nearly 200 years after the doomed vessel sank.
The three masted Chinese ocean going junk had set off from Amoy, now Xiamen in China, bound for Batavia in the East Indies with 1600 immigrants on board plus the porcelain.
The captain took an uncharted route across the Gaspar Strait on February 6,1822, and the ship sank with the loss of all souls.
The ship remained lost until 1999 when a salvage vessel came across the wreck after a painstaking search.
Now a selection of the porcelain will go under the hammer at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. Divided into a series of lots the china offers a special slice of Chinese history.
In addition there is a good selection of furniture in the sale including an early 18th century feather banded chest on stand, an early 18th century bureau bookcase and a late Regency sofa table. All three pieces are made of walnut.
A fine selection of jewellery and silver will also be offered along with a number of paintings.
If you have items you would like to consign to the sale please contact the auctioneers on (01823) 332525.
In a break with tradition the sale will take place on Saturday rather than the customary first Thursday of the month.
The sale will be on view on Saturday, November 1, 9am-12.30pm, and on Thursday, November 6, and Friday, November 7, 9am-5pm. The sale will commence at 10am.
Weekly valuation mornings are held at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Mondays, 9am-1pm.
In addition sessions are also taking place on a monthly basis at the Bridgwater residential office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, 31-33 High Street, Bridgwater.
Auctioneer and valuer Peter Rixon will host the first session, which will take place on Monday, November 10, from 2pm-4pm.
He is the author of the well-regarded Miller’s guide to Collecting Die cast Vehicles – an informed and in-depth publication which is the “go to” book for a wide range of collectors.
The specialist valuation afternoon in Bridgwater will focus on toys and collectables as well as general antiques.
Another session will take place at the Bridgwater office on Monday, December 8, when sporting goods and general antiques will be appraised.
For further information please contact the auctioneers on (01823) 332525.
CHINESE porcelain salvaged from an ocean going junk which sank off Jakarta in 1822.
A CLARICE Cliff “Fragrance” pattern bowl which will go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt on Saturday, November 8.