Ceramic Stories

  • Tipu’s Tiger immortalised in Clay

    Contributed by Tim Clark The story begins in the 1790s in India where the ‘Honourable’ East India Company was...

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  • Ru Ceramic Brush Washer discovered in Dresden Museum

    The Ru dish found in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) During a review of the digital catalogue of the...

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  • ‘Doing her Bit’ – A Carlton China munitionette and her shells

    Contributed by Alexander Nicholas Shaw I began collecting English heraldic souvenir ware, more commonly known as ‘crested china’ when...

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  • Virtual Tours at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum

    Jingdezhen Porcelain in the Making: A unique animation using 18th-century watercolour paintings The National Museum of Korea recently collaborated...

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  • New Maritime Museum opens in Fujian Province

    New Maritime Museum opens in Fujian Province, PRC The Shimao Maritime Silk Road Museum in Shishi, Quanzhou, Fujian Province,...

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  • A 17th Century Tale by Shah Abdul Latif

    A 17th Century tale retold in the Risalo of Shah Abdul Latif “A potter’s daughter, Sohni was married against...

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    In Pursuit of the Perfect Figure

    Contributed by Tim Clark A Staffordshire figurine of Lord Raglan (1788-1855) This earthenware figure tells several stories. It tells...

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  • A Contemporary Vietnamese Ceramic Sculpture

    Contributed by Ann Proctor This ceramic sculpture represents a long friendship with the Vietnamese ceramic artist and museum professional,...

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  • A Modern Kakiemon Tiger

    Contributed by Mathew & Patricia Welch With only a 24-hour stopover in Nagasaki allotted on the cruise ship’s schedule,...

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  • My Tang Court Lady

    Contributed by Margaret White My acquisition story begins in Hong Kong in 2007. My low-fired, earthenware figurine was most...

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  • A Tang Dynasty Changsha Bowl

    Contributed by Jo Groarke, SEACS member and ACM docent The time had come to dip my toes into the...

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  • Celadon from N. Song found in Xi’an Gravesite

    Yaozhou ceramics found in newly excavated Xi’an tombs More than 60 pieces of delicate celadon — green pottery —...

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  • Event: 15 July 2020

    Lecture: Navigating the Art Auction Ecosystem by Andrew Nai   7pm Wednesday,15 July A virtual meeting held on ZOOM...

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  • Kraak from the Wanli Shipwreck

    Kraak from the Wanli Shipwreck Contributed by Mathew Welch A type VIII kraak saucer, dated to c. 1625 from...

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  • Hunting the Bear

    Hunting the Bear By Margaret White, Overseas SEACS Member My story concerns the purchase of a blue and white...

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  • ‘Freddie’s Folly’

    By Freddie Oh, SEACS Member ‘Freddie’s Folly’ (Large 17C Vietnamese blue-white fish dish reproduction. Catfish swimming among water plants...

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  • A Shiwan ‘Laughing Buddha’

    By Ng Seng Leong, SEACS member, and author of Culture in Clay: Symbolism & Iconography in Chinese Ceramics “During...

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  • Collecting Contemporary Ceramics

    Contributed by Bernadette Rankine, Director for Southeast Asia, Bonhams I am not a ceramics expert, nor do I have...

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  • A Sulawesi Trade Ware Collection

    A Sulawesi Trade Ware Collection Submitted by Ed Conyngham, a career Foreign Service Officer and ‘Old Asia Hand’ (updated...

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  • A charming pair of ribbed lai nam thong lidded pots

    Contributed by Paul Bromberg, Editor of Journal of the Siam Society, Contributing Editor to Arts of Asia magazine and author of THAI SILVER...

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  • From ‘Made in Malaysia’ to ‘Made in Singapore’?

    by Low Sze Wee, CEO Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and SEACS Life Member When I was in my teens,...

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  • A Short Story about a Ceramic Plate

    By Pauline Ong, Life member of SEACS This plate was made in the summer of 1939 in Jingdezhen, China....

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  • How Yixing made me even pottier about Teapots

    By Tim Clark (SEACS Councillor) I have built up a large collection of old English teapots in England. And I...

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  • A Sulawesi Trade Ware Collection

    A Sulawesi Trade Ware Collection Submitted by Ed Conyngham, a career Foreign Service Officer and ‘Old Asia Hand’ The...

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  • A Qing Dynasty, Xuantong Mark and Period Pair of Wine Cups with a rare Studio Hallmark

    Contributed by Andrew Nai, SEACS Vice-President (2017-2018)  In June 2013, I bought from an art auction house in Melbourne,...

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  • A Covered Cricket Container, Replica of Qing Dynasty (Xuande Period)

    A Covered Cricket Container, replica of Qing Dynasty (Xuande Period) Contributed by Marjorie Chu (SEACS President 2005-2008) This is...

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  • A Si Satchanalai Figurine in the form of an Elephant with a Rider and Keepers

    By Khun Atthasit Sukkham, Assistant Curator, Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum of Bangkok University, Thailand Late Si Satchanalai figure in...

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  • A Sankampaeng Ceramic Bowl

    By Ruth Gerson, freelance author Sankampaeng is a village in northern Thailand where ceramics were made between the 14th...

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  • A Cretan Clay Bull

    By Prof Keith Branigan, Emeritus Professor, Department of Archaeology, The University of Sheffield, U.K. Cretan clay bull. Image available...

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  • A Lotus-Leaf Longquan Bowl

    A Lotus-Leaf Longquan Bowl Contributed by Johanes H. Rizal, SEACS Vice-President (2018) Dimensions: Diameter 12.0cm and Height 5.5cm While...

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  • Chinese Ceramic Spoons

    The Beauty of Chinese Ceramic Spoons is Not Skin Deep* By Lam Pin Foo, SEACS President (1991-2001)    ...

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  • A Dehua (Blanc de Chine) Seal-paste Box

    By Kenson Kwok, Founding Director, Asian Civilisations Museum and SEACS President (1990-1992) Figure 1 Figure 2 Acq. No. 2000-03404...

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  • A Kangxi Period Porcelain Buckle

    Contributed by Lim Yah Chiew, SEACS Councillor (2002-2019) This porcelain buckle was produced in the early Qing dynasty during...

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  • A Famille Rose Octagonal ‘Bagua’ Stem Dish, Iron-Red Tongzhi Seal Mark

    By Ingrid C. Hanson, SEACS President (2012-2016) A wedding gift from TG Ling, from his late wife’s collection, is...

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  • A Khmer Discard

    Contributed by Dawn F. Rooney, Scholar, Art Historian, Author (Southeast Asian Specialty) In 1971, the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society-Singapore...

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    A Modern Burmese Chicken-headed Ewer

    Contributed by Patricia Bjaaland Welch, SEACS Life Member and President (2017-2020) My contemporary Burmese teapot ...

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  • A Ming Dynasty, Jiajing Mark Imperial Yellow Bowl

    Contributed by Alvin Chia, SEACS President (2008-2011)   In 1989, a friend passed me a Sotheby’s catalogue of the...

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    Qing Dynasty, Xuantong Mark and Period Pair of Wine Cups with a Unique Studio Hallmark

    Qing Dynasty, Xuantong Mark and Period Pair of Wine Cups with a Rare Studio Hallmark Contributed by Andrew Nai,...

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