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Bowl and cover

Bowl and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)
    Guangzhou (decorated)

  • Date:

    1800-1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, painted in enamel colours and decorated with gilding, mounted with copper

  • Museum number:

    361&A-1908

  • Gallery location:

    South-East Asia, Room 47a, case 4 []

The name Bencharong derives from the Sanskrit "panch rang" or "five colours", relating to the typical number of colours combined on a single piece. Bencharong was made using a piece of white unglazed porcelain produced in the kilns of Jingdezhen. This was then transported to Guangzhou, where it was painted with enamel colours using Thai designs, before export to Thailand.

Physical description

Bowl and cover of porcelain, an example of Bencharong ware, made in Jingdezhen, China for the Thai royal family. Painted in enamel colours and decorated with gilding with figures of the Buddhist divinities Tephanon and Norasing. The edges are mounted with copper rims. The figures of Tephanon are arranged in three shaped panels flanked by figures of Norasing and enclosed by sprays of flowers and foliage in red, blue, green, pink and yellow on a black ground. The cover is provided with a foot-ring to serve as a dish when inverted, within which is a spray of flowers with two gourds.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)
Guangzhou (decorated)

Date

1800-1895 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, painted in enamel colours and decorated with gilding, mounted with copper

Dimensions

Height: 12 cm, Diameter: 20 cm

Object history note

355 to 364-1908 and 376 to 422-1908 were previously on loan to the Museum from April 1895 to July 1908. [RF 50/1908]

Descriptive line

Bowl and cover, porcelain, painted in enamel colours and decorated with gilding, made in Jingdezhen, decorated in Guangzhou, China, made for the Thai (Siamese) market, 1800-1895

Labels and date

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BOWL AND COVER (THAI: BENCHARONG)
Porcelain and enamel colours
Jingdezhen and Guangzhou (Southern China)
Late 18th or early 19th century

361-1908

The name Bencharong derives from the Sanskrit “panch rang” or “five colours”, relating to the typical number of colours combined on a single piece. Bencharong was made using a piece of white unglazed porcelain produced in the kilns of Jingdezhen. This was then transported to Guangzhou, where it was painted with enamel colours using Thai designs, before export to Thailand.

[1.10.2008]

Materials

Porcelain; Enamel

Techniques

Painted; Gilded

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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