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Title

Spittoon

early 19th century


Artist

Lai Nam Thong

Thailand


About

Like Bencharong ware, Lain Nam Thon ware is a polychrome porcelain made in the city of Jingdezhen (the porcelain capital of China) and richly decorated to Thai tastes with bright enamel glazes. 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.

After the fall of Autthaya to the Burmese in 1767 Lain Nam Thong wares superseded Bencharong wares as the exclusive wares of royalty. While closely related to Bencharong wares, Lain Nam Thon wares are distinguished by their use of gold in either the main pattern or background.

Asain Art Department, AGNSW, Dec 2015


Details


Other Title

Spittoon decorated with flowers and butterflies on gold background


Place where the work was made

Thailand


Period

Rama II Period 1809 - 1824 → Thailand


Date

early 19th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with enamel decoration, two copper bands around body


Dimensions

17.5 x 23.2 cm


Credit

Gift of Mr F. Storch 1987


Location

Not on display


Accession number

445.1987


Artist information

Lai Nam Thong

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Thailand

Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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

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