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Thailand Anonymous,
Pair of Covered Bowls with Knob Handles, 19th c.
Glaze and enamels on Porcelain
in. (cm)

Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Thrown
Period: Rattanakosin Period (1782 -present)
Credit Line: Gift of Richard L. Mellott
Accession Number: 2018.15.17a,b

Rattanakosin period (1782—present), production began during reign of King Rama V (A.D. 1853-1910): 19th century; Thailand, Bangkok, Bencharong style, Bencharong kilns


Clay: white porcelain with small brown specks, with polychrome enamel decoration

Object Description
Pair of nearly identically decorated covered bowls. Each bowl is deep with a narrow up-right foot, and a rounded, overlapping cover with an elaborate stupa-shaped, three-part knob. Clay: white porcelain with small brown flecks. Glaze: Bencharong means ‘five colored’ wares, but some pieces have up to 7 colors. These pieces have the traditional ‘five’ colors: red, pink, black, green and yellowish-gold. Decoration: Alternating around the body are Thepphanom (Garuda, a mythical royal bird) and Norasingha (a minor Buddhist deity-part man, part lion and part deer), over a background of curving flames on a black ground.

R. Mellott purchased at Laurel House Antiques, Ross, CA,

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