THE NANKING CARGO
JUNE 24 – AUGUST 31, 2017
Location: The Perry Gallery
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 25, 2:00-4:00pm
In December 1751, a ship from the Dutch East India Company left Canton, China, with more than 230,000 pieces of porcelain, textiles and tea for the European market. Less than a month later, the ship sank. Over two hundred years later, Michael Hatcher and his team recovered more than 150,000 pieces of porcelain that became known as the Nanking Cargo. The porcelain was sold in 2,800 lots in a record breaking sale at Christie’s Amsterdam. The Art Gallery of Burlington is fortunate to own 240 pieces and will be exhibited from the first time in June 2017.