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After the fall of Autthaya to the Burmese in 1767 Lain Nam Thong wares superseded Bencharong wares as the exclusive wares of royalty.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
Spittoon decorated with flowers and butterflies on gold background
Place where the work was made
Rama II Period 1809 - 1824 → Thailand
early 19th century
porcelain with enamel decoration, two copper bands around body
17.5 x 23.2 cm
Gift of Mr F. Storch 1987
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 2 publications
Professor Philip Courtenay, Carter's Antiques and Collectables, 'Thai Bencharong wares', pg. 18-19, Sydney, 2000, 7, 18 (colour illus.), 19.
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 143 (colour illus.).