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It was some time before Thompson's interest in porcelains began to evolve.
Blue and white porcelain
from 16th to 19th century
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A collection of Sino-Thai blue and white porcelain with Thai design, 19th - century
Thompson subsequently decided to concentrate on lesser known Chinese export ware, mainly blue and white porcelain, of which numerous pieces had found their way to Thailand in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

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  The Thompson porcelain collection features four principal categories :  
     
 
   Chinese
 
 
Blue and white circular table tray, 19th century Chinese. It depicts a view of the Canton factories in the mid-19th century
Blue and white vases, 14th (on the right) to 17th century. The table is covered with laquer inlaid with mother-of-pearl
   
 

The Chinese collection features items ranging from the Sung Dynasty to the 19th century. The majority are the Ming period blue and white export ware, described above. Several pieces originate from Ayutthaya where they were imported from China during the 15th - 17th centuries.

 
     
 
   Sukhothai and Sawankalok
 
 

 

Sukhothai and Sawankalok are names given to Thai ceramics produced in the in the 14th and 15th century or Sukhothai period and reflect the techniques taught by Chinese potters who were brought to the Kingdom of Siam by King Ramkamhaeng.

Ceramics made at Sawankhalok, a satellite city of Sukhothai, in the late 14th and 15th centuries. Many of these wares were exported to neighboring countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines.

 
     
 
   Lopburi - Khmer
 
     
 
 

A rich brown glaze is a characteristic feature of Lopburi - Khmer pottery, made in the Lopburi area in the 12th century.

 
     
 
 
Benjarong
 

The name ' Benjarong ' in Thai originates from the Sanskrit words 'paunch' meaning five and 'rang' meaning colors. It refers to a special classification of fine porcelain featuring various traditional Thai design elements presented as a composition of the five primary colors - red, blue, green, yellow and black - also known as pentachromatic porcelain.

 
     
 
Collection of bencharong and Lai Nam Thong Sino-Thai porcelain from the first half of the 19th century.
Some of the enamels are strongly reminiscent of the famille rose porcelain of Canton.

These were made in China based on designs supplied by Thai artistes and produced exclusively for export to Thailand. Such production of Benjarong started in the 17th century during the Ayutthaya period and continued until the 19th century.

 
     
 

 
 
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