Qing Dynasty Kangxi Period Blue Underglaze Porcelain Baoyueping "Moon Flask" Recovered From Vung Tau Shipwreck - This piece is porcelain baoyueping vase (moon flask) made during the Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty. The vessel is of typical form with a circular body (representing the moon), with a flat base, narrow cylindrical neck and an arched side handle and spout, which create an "embrace" between the neck and the body, as Baoyue means "embracing the moon." The vessel is elaborately decorated in underglaze blue with a writhing dragon among smoke wisps. According to our seller, this piece was recovered from the Vung Tau shipwreck, which sank around 1690 off of the coast of Vietnam. The wreck was discovered in 1986 and soon local divers had pulled a large number of porcelain pieces from the vessel. Eventually these activities were stopped by the Vietnamese government, which arranged for commercial salvager Sverker Hallstrom to excavate the wreck. There were approx. 48,000 pieces recovered from the site, some of which went to antique dealers in Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Singapore before being halted by the Vietnamese government. Several pieces were chosen for Vietnamese museums before the remaining pieces were sold by Christies Amsterdam in 1992, where they realized a return of $7.3 million. This incredible piece truly belongs in a museum, or with the most astute collector. Please note: this piece has been repaired and restored, as it was damaged during war. Measurements: 10.5"H x 12"W.