The Ode to Opulence in Royal Courtyards
Porcelain production was given a new lease on life during the economic and cultural renaissance of the Ming Dynasty in China.
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With the rapid growth of consumer demand for Chinese porcelain across domestic and international markets, traders and manufacturers made use of nomenclature based on Chinese metrics that allowed them to specify the size, shape and genre of desired wares among the many types of porcelain products available. This exquisite blue-and-white porcelain jardiniere, with a volume purportedly equal to that of 1000 eggs, was the largest of ten sizes within its category. Therefore, this jardiniere has the designation Pan Gie (พันเกี๋ย) — as Pan is the Thai word for “one thousand”– a partial translation of its Chinese name (Qian Gie). Collected by the Siamese aristocratic and royal elite, Pan Gie tanks were a fixture of royal courtyards and gardens, as documented in The Glass Plate Negatives from The National Archives: A Thousand Historical Images of Rattanakosin. The delicate brushwork and beautiful illustrations of swans and dragons that refine the stout body of this vessel denote a product of exquisite craftsmanship that belongs to the highest echelon of luxury.
Lot 210: A large blue and white porcelain jardiniere painted in panels shaped phoenixes and dragon stylized scrolling lotus within borders of bats (1 pc.)
Dimensions: W 69.5 cm. H 57 cm.
Circa: Early 19th Century
Estimated Price: 2,500,000 – 3,000,000 THB
Starting Price: 450,000 THB
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