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Category Archives: History
Northern Thai Ceramics – Lamphun/Haripunchai – Shaw Collection
Early Haripunchai wares are more an extension of architectural decoration than pottery. Coarse unglazed funerary urns were, however, produced. The five jars in the Collection were bought at the roadside in Lamphun in 1978 – considerable doubt has been expressed … Continue reading
Northern Thai Ceramics – Sankampaeng – Shaw Collection
‘In 1942, when travelling through the forest near Sankampaeng, I came across fragments of glazed potteries.’ So wrote Kraisri Nimmanahaeminda. Eighty-three small kilns were subsequently discovered. Many rather poor celadon wares were produced; on jars, the small handles were pierced … Continue reading
Tak Hilltop Burial Sites – Shaw Collection
In September 1984 thousands of ceramic wares appeared in the antique shops of Bangkok, Sukothai and Chiang Mai. There were beautiful large Chinese and Sawankaloke celadons, Ming blue and white bowls, spectacular under-glaze black decorated dishes from Sukothai and Sawankaloke, … Continue reading
Northern Thai Ceramics – Kalong – Shaw Collection
The kilns of Kalong surround the ancient earthen fortifications of Wiang Kalong, in the hills and valleys that lie between the River Lao and the River Wang. They are situated half way between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. No serious … Continue reading
Ayutthaya and Singburi Ceramics – Shaw Collection
The art of making glazed stoneware seems to have been lost by the end of the sixteenth century. The capital city of Siam, Ayutthaya, imported large quantities of ordinary Chinese blue and white wares for domestic use. Unglazed pots, figurines, … Continue reading