Diana Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo c1816 Chess Players Bowl. Coral for display purposes only, not available for sale Hand painted in a rich cobalt blue depicting a lakescape setting with an elaborate pagoda within a lattice fenced court with twinned pine and deciduous trees. A small bridge can be seen leading to an island where two scholars are playing chess in the shade of similar trees below a pagoda on a small island in the distance.
The interior is painted with a three band border below gilt rim. Size: Height: 5.8cm Diameter: 11.1cm Condition: small firing crack to rim. The Diana Cargo On the 4th of March 1817, the Diana set sail up the Malacca Strait to Prince of Wales Island under the command of Captain Alexander Lyell.
The night was pitch black and with nothing to guide them they pressed on blindly to the northwest. The lookouts peer vainly ahead but could see nothing.
However, below the water was Karang Lintang, a submerged cordillera of granite boulders. First Officer James Crichton anxiously debated whether to wake the captain, who suffering from dysentery was asleep on his bunk. The Diana effectively ended the debate as she crashed into the rocks, sending everyone sprawling. Thrown from his bunk, Captain Lyell rushed up on deck but it was too late to save her. Punctured by a boulder the water poured in and though they tumbled the cannon overboard, brought down the topmasts and started the watercasks, they could not get her off.Eventually she floated free and steered for Malacca, the Diana, settling deeper every minute, suddenly plunged under taking two Lascars and Captain Lyell with it. After spending three years and locating 11 wrecks, they finally found her 4 days before Christmas. The item "Diana Shipwreck Porcelain Cargo c1816 Chess Players Bowl" is in sale since Friday, May 3, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Chinese\Porcelain".
The seller is "joblackdog" and is located in Norwich. This item can be shipped worldwide.