An image of Tazza decorated with floral motifs

Bencharong ware

(Thailand  – )

Tazza decorated with floral motifs

Other titles:
Stem cup
Location
Not on display
Further information

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 After the fall of Autthaya to the Burmese in 1767 Bencharong wares became more widely used and Lain Nam Thong wares superseded them as the exclusive wares of royalty.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

Place of origin
Thailand
Period
Thailand: Rama II Period 1809–1824
Year
19th century
Media
Ceramic
Medium
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
Accession number
454.1987