The Exuberant Colours of Straits Chinese Ceramics


with Peter Wee

Baba Peter Wee, the doyen of Peranakan culture and owner of Katong Antique House presented a fascinating history of Straits Chinese culture, early export wares for the overseas Chinese (and its gradual transformation into the colourful Straits Chinese ceramics we know today, and concluded his talk with his unique theory on the origins of Nonya colours of Straits Chinese wares through his collection of Indonesian batik textiles.

Profile of owner/speaker

Baba Peter Wee is a fourth generation Straits Chinese Baba Peranakan whose ancestry can be traced back to Malacca. His mother is the only daughter of Tan Cheng Kee, one of the sons of the famous philanthropist Tan Keong Saik, whose name has been immortalised on a street in Chinatown. Peter is the 1st vice –president of the Peranakan Association and is well known as a leading authority on Peranakan culture. He is an advisor to both the Peranakan Museum and the Baba House of NUS museums. An avid collector, Peter’s collection of ceramics, beaded shoes, antique sarongs and all things Nonya, spans over 40 years and is enviably one of the best collections on Peranakan culture in Singapore.