Art of Miniature

A glimpse of the fascinating stories

Some intriguing narratives might be unveiled through valuable archives and antique photographs. Others are described in novels that awaken our imagination from those meticulous details on daily utensils used by the kings and royal families. Now we would like to present a noteworthy highlight lot as one of the best selections featured in our latest Timed Auction.

These tiny teapots are not just decorative objects for a cabinet display but a beautiful set of miniature toy for royal children of the past when life was totally different from the present. Unlike typical children playing dough to make dolls, imaginary creatures and small-size utensils, royal children were given special toys made by skillful craftsmen. Some were made-to-order items from China. Widely used patterns were floral and geometrical.

These miniatures also known as Thai minor arts remain appealing through their patterns and details as highly exquisite as those in normal-size version used in royal residences. This art of tiny things includes silver and gold nielloware, tea set, betel set and dining utensils.

Not only defined by dimension, but these artistic objects also capture a grandeur life of the royal presented on a compact scale that remains rare and exceptional over time.

Lot 509 Two silver miniature teapots decorated with floral vine scrolls and the royal initials of King Rama V ‘Jor Por Ror’

Style: Thai-Chinese

Dimensions: W 3 cm H 2 cm weight 34 gram

Circa: 20th century

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Lot 666 A Miniature Silver Bottle Decorated With Blooming Flowers

Style: Chinese

Dimension: W 3 cm H 3 cm weight 18 gram

Circa: 20th Century

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