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Tazza (stem plate)

early 19th century


Bencharong ware


  • Details

    Other Title
    Large tazza
    Place where the work was made
    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
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Bencharong ware

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Bencharong 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. While the name derives from the sanskrit words ‘pancha’ and ‘ranga’ meaning five colours, Bencharong wares can also be found with as little as three and as many as eight colours.

    Bencharong wares were first commissioned by the Thai kings of Ayutthaya in the 18th century during a peaceful period of rule that was congenial to picnics and tours and where Bencharong wares could be used to store and serve food. After the fall of Auutthaya to the Burmese in 1767 Bencharong wares became more widely used and Lain Nam Thong wares superseded them as the exclusive wares of royalty.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, Dec 2015

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

  • Provenance

    Fred Storch, pre Nov 1981, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Nov 1981.

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