15th c. Jarlet with encrustations - Hoi An Hoard

15th c. Jarlet with encrustations - Hoi An Hoard

Code: FL


H: 7cm (2.8")Di: 8cm (3.1")


Dating from the 15th century, a characterful jarlet from the Hoi An Hoard (shipwreck cargo).  The jarlet, now with a chalky glaze from 500 years under the sea, is ornamented with traces of splash brown decoration and wonderful encrustations of mother-of-pearl shell fragments. The underside retains the label of provenance.  Origin: Vietnam.  Circa 1450-1500.

During the 15th century, off the Hoi An coast of Vietnam in the South China Sea, a trading vessel filled with ceramics vanished without a trace.  It was re-discovered by fishermen in the 1990s.  All pieces unique to the cargo were retained by Vietnamese museums for display.  The rest was sold at auction.

This jarlet featured in a recent exhibition, Clay TM at TJ Boulting, 59 Riding House Street, London.