Large antique Benjarong pottery from the Chinese Qing Dynasty exported to the Thai market, Early Bangkok, 18th-19th century, Thailand.
It is a large polychrome stem dish called Tazza with a scalloped rim and brightly enameled with central lotus flower and foliage.
Width: 24.3 cm (9.6 inches)
Height: 8.5 cm (3.4 inches)
CONDITION: In good condition, shows age and use, some glaze flakes. No cracks or restoration.
Bencharong ware is a polychrome porcelain made in Jingdezhen (China’s porcelain capital) richly decorated to Thai tastes with bright enamel glazes.
The name Bencharong derives from the Sanskrit words’ pancha’ and ‘ranga’, meaning five colors; Bencharong wares can also be found with as little as three and as many as eight colors.
The Thai kings of Ayutthaya first commissioned Bencharong wares 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.