BOOKS ABOUT SHIPWRECK CERAMICS
THE HATCHER PORCELAIN CARGOES: The Complete Record.
Colin Sheaf and Richard Kilburn, Phaidon 1988 (ISBN 0-7148-80469).
This is possibly the best publication available on shipwreck ceramics, and the only book about the Hatcher Cargo. It is better in its coverage of the Nanking Cargo, than others dedicated to the subject. Highly recommended.
THE HATCHER CARGO, 13th June 1984.
Hatcher Cargo Auction Catalogue : Sale of Fine and Important Late Ming and Transitional Porcelain, The Second and Final Part of the Hatcher Collection, Recently Recovered from an Asian Vessel in the South China Sea. Christie’s Amsterdam, Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 June 1984. 97 Pages, 1166 Lots.
THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF CAPTAIN M.HATCHER, 14 February 1985.
Auction Catalogue : Sale of Fine and Important Late Ming and Transitional Porcelain, The Private Collection of Captain M.Hatcher, Selected from the Contents of an Asiatic Vessel, Which Went Down in the South China Sea Circa 1640. Christie’s Amsterdam, 14 February 1985. 51 Pages 226 Lots.
THE HATCHER CARGO, 14th March 1984.
Auction Catalogue : Fine And Important Late Ming And Transitional Porcelain, Recently Recovered from an Asian Vessel in the South China Sea. Property of Captain Michael Hatcher. Christie’s Amsterdam 14th March 1984. 82 Pages. 587 Lots.
TREASURES FROM THE HOI AN HOARD – Important Vietnamese Ceramics from a Late 15th/Early 16th Century Cargo.
Butterfield’s Auctions, October 11 – 13th 2000.
This two volume auction catalogue is the only published work on the ceramics from the highly important Hoi An shipwreck. It contains a very good text by Mensum Bound and others. It illustrates so many pieces that have never been seen before and indeed can be said to totally change the way we see Vietnamese ceramics. We hope Mensun Bound will one day publish his book about this fascinating subject. Highly recommended but difficult to find.
DRAGON SEA – A True Story of Intrigue, Treasure and Adventure Beneath The Waves.
Penguin Books, 2008. ISBN 978-0-141-02921-4.
This well written book is of an entirely different nature to the other books listed here. It is not a book about oriental ceramics and contains no illustrations of pottery or porcelain but is a fascinating account of the discovery, excavation and marketing of the Hoi An shipwreck written but one of the members of the excavation team. It shows the joys and problems of marine archaeological work and the difficulties of marketing the ceramic finds.
Ca Mau Department of Culture and Information and The National Museum of Vietnamese History.2002.
For those interested in the dating of 18th century Chinese Export Porcelain this book is especially interesting. For many years porcelain from the Yongzheng period (1723-1735) was rather lost between the more well known Kangxi and Qianlong periods. Indeed we frequently had people questioning our dating when we described pieces as Yongzheng, what evidence did we have ? Well now this very well illustrated book provides that evidence. The Chinese export porcelain illustrated can be securely dated to the Yongzheng period because of some blue and white Yongzheng mark and period porcelain bowls recovered from this shipwreck. Also illustrated and again very useful for dating are pieces of Famille Verte Biscuit Porcelain and Copper Red.
PORCELAIN FROM THE VUNG TAU WRECK – The Hallstrom Excavation.
Christian J.A. Jorg and Michael Fletcher.
Sun Tree Publishing Ltd, U.K. ISBN 981-04-5208-X. This excellent book is the only one on the subject and one of the few about Kangxi Blue and White porcelain. As is the case always with Christian Jorg, it is both very well researched and written. Highly recommended.
LOST AT SEA, THE STRANGE ROUTE OF THE LEAN SHOAL JUNK.
Franck Goddio, Monique Crick, Peter Lam, Stacey Pierson, Rosemary Scott.
Periplus Press,2002. ISBN 1-902699-13-0. 285 Pages. Hard-Back and Soft-Back.
A very good book about the Ming Blue and White Porcelain, Celadon, bronze and artefacts from this important shipwreck.
THE FORT SAN SEBASTIAN WRECK, A 16th century Portuguese Porcelain Wreck off the Island of Mozambique.
A Rare Auction Catalogue of the Sale of The Fort San Sebastian Wreck at Christie’s Amsterdam, 19th of May 2004. 29 pages, 645 lots.
The Fort San Sebastian Wreck dates to the Ming dynasty and is mostly comprised of Ming blue and white Porcelain dating to c.1560, this important early shipwreck also contained gold.