This fine and rare Bencharong porcelain cup was made in Jingdezhen, China and probably enamelled in Guangzhou following patterns provided by the royal court in Ayutthaya, Thailand, mid-18th century, early-mid Qianlong period. This exquisite cup has a floral design beneath the rim and below that four panels of two norasingh and two theppanom framed by scrolls of flame.
These cups are the rarest of all Bencharong wares and appear to have been used exclusively in the royal court. In China, cups of this form would have been used primarily for wine, but in Ayutthaya, they formed part of a tea set. Tea was a new ceremonial habit introduced from China in the seventeenth century. There are several examples in the National Museum in Bangkok. Good Bencharong ware has an extremely thin, translucent body with 5 colours. The word Bencharong derives from the Sanskrit panch rang meaning 'five colours', same as Chinese Wu Cai (ref: Gotheborg.com
Size: diameter 7 cm; h: 4.5 cm.
Price: USD $880; CAD $1150 (13% HST will be applied on all sales in Ontario)