In a landmark 1984 sale in Amsterdam Christie's offered Chinese porcelain from a 1640s shipwreck salvaged by the then-unknown Captain Michael Hatcher. In the audience sat three friends and fellow ceramics enthusiasts, Antwerp tastemaker Axel Vervoordt, the late dealer/scholar David Howard, and Betty Gertz of Dallas. Betty's wonderfully eclectic and erudite personal collection graced first her large Georgian style Dallas house (featured in Southern Accents in March-April 2002) and more recently her stunning new Dallas house, tucked inside a walled garden (and featured in Architectural Digest in December 2015), both collaborations between Betty and Axel Vervoordt, who designed special white brackets for the Hatcher blue and white. The first half of Betty's 'Hatcher' collection came to auction in January 2015 to great acclaim. We are proud to offer here the second half, affording more collectors the opportunity to acquire these appealing porcelain wares, made at Jingdezhen in the fascinating period before the Qing asserted control over the kilns and then rescued from the sea in the early 1980s. 

 A 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white kendi, Transitional, mid-17th century

Lot 250. A 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white kendi, Transitional, mid-17th century. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2017.

With dish-shaped spout, together with a small wall-bracket - 8 in. (20 cm.) high

Four small 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white kendi, Transitional, mid-17th century

Lot 251. Four small 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white kendi, Transitional, mid-17th century. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017.

5 in. (13 cm.) high

A group of 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white miniatures, Transitional, mid-17th century

Lot 252. A group of 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white miniatures, Transitional, mid-17th century. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017.

Comprising twenty four vases of various shapes and sizes, three bowls, a saucer dish and a bird feeder. 4 in. (10 cm.) diam., the bowls.

A very large 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white dish, Transitional, mid-17th century

Lot 253. A very large 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white dish, Transitional, mid-17th century. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 8,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017.

With a bird perched on rocks beside blooming plants, the back sketchily painted - 19 ¼ in. (49 cm.) diameter

Two large 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white ovoid jars and covers, Transitional, mid-17th century

Lot 254. Two large 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white ovoid jars and covers, Transitional, mid-17th century. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 8,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017.

Each painted with branches of fruit and flowers - 11 in. (28 cm.) high

A 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white teapot and cover, Transitional, mid-17th century

Lot 255. A 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white teapot and cover, Transitional, mid-17th century. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017.

With over-arched square handle - 10 in. (25.5 cm.) high

A 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white Cadogan teapot, Transitional, mid-17th century

Lot 256. A 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white Cadogan teapot, Transitional, mid-17th century. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 8,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017.

As a peach with branch spout and handle and lotus bud neck, together with a small wall-bracket - 7 in. (18 cm.) high

Nine small 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white dishes, Transitional, mid-17th century

Lot 257. Nine small 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white dishes, Transitional, mid-17th century. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017.

Variously decorated within radiating panels of fruit and emblems, together with six small wall-brackets - 8 in. (20 cm.) diameter.

A 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white garlic mouth vase, Transitional, mid-17th century

Lot 258. A 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white garlic mouth vase, Transitional, mid-17th century. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017.

10 ½ in. (26.5 cm.) high.

Two large 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white jars and covers, Transitional, mid-17th century

Lot 259. Two large 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white jars and covers, Transitional, mid-17th century. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 9,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017.

Octagonal with various flower and fruit sprays - 14 ½ in. (37 cm.) high, the larger.

A group of small 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white wares, Transitional, mid-17th century

Lot 260. A group of small 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white wares, Transitional, mid-17th century. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017.

A pair of lotus cups, three small bowls, a mustard pot, two stem cups, four round boxes and covers, and a miniature teapot and cover. 4 in. (10 cm.) wide, the lotus cups.

Six 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white dishes, Transitional, mid-17th century

Lot 261. Six 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white dishes, Transitional, mid-17th century. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017.

Of varying size, the center of each similarly painted with a bird on a rock by flowering plants - 11 ½ in. (29 cm.) diameter, the largest.

Six large 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white dishes, Transitional, mid-17th century

Lot 262. Six large 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white dishes, Transitional, mid-17th century. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 10,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017.

With similar decoration, together with six large wall brackets - 14 in. (35.5 cm.) diameter.

A group of 16 small 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white bowls, Transitional, mid-17th century

Lot 263. A group of 16 small 'Hatcher cargo' blue and white bowls, Transitional, mid-17th century. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017.

The larger bowls scalloped and painted with bands of flying horses - 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm.) diameter, the largest.

Christie's. Chinese Export Art, 18 January 2017, New York, Rockefeller Center