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Title

Tazza decorated with floral motifs

19th century

Artist

Bencharong ware

Thailand

  • Details

    Other Title
    Stem cup
    Place where the work was made
    Thailand
    Period
    Rama II Period 1809 - 1824 → Thailand
    Date
    19th century
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain with green and red enamel decoration on front with gilt between motifs, and with red, blue and green and white enamel decoration of floral motifs on back on gilt ground
    Dimensions
    5.3 x 11.6 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Mr F. Storch 1987
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    454.1987
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Bencharong ware

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  • 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 Bencharong 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 After the fall of Autthaya to the Burmese in 1767 Bencharong wares became more widely used and Lain Nam Thong wares superseded them as the exclusive wares of royalty.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

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    Where the work was made

    Thailand

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