Turner Auctions + Appraisals is excited to present an online sale of historical treasures of 15th-century Vietnamese ceramics that were aboard a ship that sunk over 500 years ago in a typhoon in the South China Sea. Excavated from the deep with extreme difficulty in the late 1990s, the shipwreck’s collection of porcelain artifacts – known as the Hoi An Hoard – are considered by many experts to be the most significant find in Vietnamese art.
The auction features over 160 lots, each with multiple items. Among the offerings are vases large and small, boxes, wine flasks, bowls, tea and wine cups, serving plates, platters and more. Some items are decorated with blue and white designs, enamel or white glaze; some are undecorated; and some include marine encrustations from their centuries buried at sea.