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Jar 'toh prik'

early 19th century


Bencharong ware


  • Details

    Other Title
    Octagonal toh prik jar decorated with vertical panels of gilt and red foilage designs
    Place where the work was made
    Rama II Period 1809 - 1824 → Thailand
    early 19th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    porcelain with enamel decoration and gold finial
    6.0 x 5.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. not dated.

    Gift of Mr F Storch 1984
    South Building, lower level 1, Asian Lantern galleries
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Bencharong ware

    Works in the collection


  • About

    'Lai Nam Thong' or 'Bencharong ware'

    Bencharong and Lain Nam Thon wares are polychrome porcelain wares 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.

    After the fall of Autthaya to the Burmese in 1767 Lain Nam Thong wares superseded Bencharong wares as the exclusive wares of royalty.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.

    This small 'toh prik' jar would have been used for medicine or cosmetics. The gilt stupa finial is a less common feature that probably reflects Cambodian influence.

    Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, December 2015

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Elemental, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Jul 2022–2024

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

  • Provenance

    Sukhotai Antiques Ltd. Partnership, 30 Jun 1983, Bangkok/Thailand

    Fred Storch, 30 Jun 1983-Mar 1984, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased from Sukhotai Antiques Ltd. Donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, March 1984.

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