Unknown artist, Thai, China
Lidded Vessel, mid-19th century
Height: 27.6 cm (10 7/8 inches)
Gift of Doris Duke’s Southeast Asian Art Collection 2004.12.6
Made in China for the Thai market, this enameled copper bowl’s shape and floral ornament were designed according to Thai specifications, conveyed most likely in the form of pattern books. The decoration is distinguished by the rose pink palette (famille rose) used in China from the 1720s on, when colloidal gold was introduced from the West. It is applied onto a prepared metal surface that has undergone one firing. A second firing fuses the pigments with the underlying layer. Pieces of this type were first made during the reign of Rama III (1824—1851). This beautifully decorated covered water bowl was part of a set used by a high-ranking monk.