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An image of Tazza by Bencharong ware

Bencharong ware

(Thailand  – )

Other titles:
Large tazza
Place of origin
Rama II Period 1809 - 1824 → Thailand
early 19th century
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with enamel decoration

10.0 x 28.0 cm

Gift of Mr F. Storch 1981
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

The Thais developed a taste for Chinese porcelains made in shapes suited to their way of eating and living, and decorated with Thai motifs and in Thai taste. There are two categories of ceramics made at Jingdezhen for the Thai market: Bencharong (five-colour) wares and Lam Nai Tong (goldwashed) wares. It is not sure exactly where the ceramics were decorated, but it could well have been at Jingdezhen as well. Bencharong was first commissioned by the last kings of Ayuthya, who used it at court and on their numerous tours around the country. It is thought that Buddhist books and paintings were supplied as references and sent to Guangzhou merchants, who acted as intermediaries to the Chinese potters and decorators for foreign orders. As with Western orders, new, alien ceramic shapes were communicated by maquettes in wood or perhaps metal.

'Bencharong wares', The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.142.

Bibliography (2)

Professor Philip Courtenay, Carter's Antiques and Collectables, 'Thai Bencharong wares', pg. 18-19, Terrey Hills, 2000, 7, 18, 19 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 143 (colour illus.).