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    Hoi An CARGO PIECES AT CO. CLARE SALE

    Friday, February 18th, 2011

    An opium box complete with certificate of authenticity. (click on image to enlarge)

    A number of items from the Hoi An cargo feature

    Hoi An bowl. (click on image to enlarge)

    at John Dunphy’s auction in Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare on February 22.  There are a couple of opium boxes, a blue and white ginger jar, a blue and while porcelain elephant, a monkey mother and baby and  a rice bowl among 1,000 lots.  All carry certificates of authenticity.

    Discovered in a shipwreck off Vietnam in the 1990’s much of the cargo was sold in San Francisco. Museum curators competed for the best pieces, but there was a lot on offer and some remained unsold.  Hoi An pieces regularly turn up on e-Bay. The pieces to be sold in Ireland range in estimate from 250 to 600.