(Thailand – )
7.5 x 3.7 cm
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.
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 143 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies, TAASA Review, 'The Nanhai Trade', pg. 4-7, Sydney, Mar 2004, 4-5, 6 (colour illus.), 7.