• The Collection of Benjamin F.  auction at Christies

    Sale 2388

    The Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III

    26 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 10

    A RARE INSCRIBED SHIPPING MUG

    CIRCA 1785

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    A RARE INSCRIBED SHIPPING MUG
    CIRCA 1785
    With a finely rendered scene showing Swedish ships in a harbor, Swedish flag also on the shore, above a long Swedish inscription
    4½ in. (11.4 cm.) high


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    Inscribed prospect of the harbor Gnalong on the island Hajnan...Skep St. Gustaf Adolph...December 8: 1784, til.d: April 21 1785 and made to commemorate East Indiaman Gustaf Adolph's forced reprovisioning stop of 1784 on Hainan Island in the South China Sea. Hervouët and Bruneau, op. cit., p. 22, illustrate a probably unique platter in the City Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden, bears this inscription as well as a map of the island. J. Wirgin, Fran Kina till Europa, p. 191, illustrates a Gustaf Adolph mug very like the present lot and in the collection of the Nordic Museum, Stockholm.