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Southeast Asian Ceramics & Pottery

Southeast Asia boasts a celebrated and diverse history of ceramics spanning more than four millennia. From the prehistoric era to the present, vessels of remarkable quality have been produced throughout mainland Southeast Asia. The painted Bronze Age ceramics from Northern Thailand rank among the most prized examples of the region today.

The origin of advanced pottery techniques over the last two millennia led to the foundation of numerous traditions. Artisanal ceramic shops in Vietnam emerged in the era of Han Dynasty (circa 200 B.C.) control, and Vietnam became Southeast Asia’s leader in ceramic production during this time. After vanquishing the Chinese, the region developed their own distinctive tradition of pottery over the next several hundred years.


Quick Facts

  • During the Ming Dynasty (1364-1644 C.E.), insular trade policies and a resulting moratorium on ceramic exports allowed native pottery traditions to evolve and flourish. This is commonly known as the “Ming Gap”
  • The Ming Gap led to what is known as the golden age of Thai classic celadon (1424-1487 C.E.), identified by its distinctive green glaze
  • Historical research of Southeast Asian pottery has grown over the last 30 years due to the discovery of over 120 shipwrecks off the coasts of Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines

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A Vietnamese ceramic blue and white vase with frilled lip, height 45cm
Apr 21, 8:00 PM AEST
A Vietnamese ceramic blue and white vase with frilled lip, height 45cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD202 Bids
Group of Ten Early Thai Sawankhalok Pottery Jars
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Group of Ten Early Thai Sawankhalok Pottery Jars
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
PLAT ROND
Apr 17, 2:00 PM CEST
PLAT ROND
by Tajan
Est: €400- €600
€3201 Bid
SUITE DE QUATRE COUPES
Apr 17, 2:00 PM CEST
SUITE DE QUATRE COUPES
by Tajan
Est: €300- €500
€2401 Bid
SUJET
Apr 17, 2:00 PM CEST
SUJET
by Tajan
Est: €800- €1,000
€6001 Bid
PETITE COUPE
Apr 17, 2:00 PM CEST
PETITE COUPE
by Tajan
Est: €100- €200
€801 Bid
2 Thai Large Round Glazed Ceramic Vases
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
2 Thai Large Round Glazed Ceramic Vases
by Material Culture
Est: $150- $250
$500 Bids
3 Large Thai Terracotta Covered Water Jars
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
3 Large Thai Terracotta Covered Water Jars
by Material Culture
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
Lot various China/Japan
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CEST
Lot various China/Japan
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €70- €210
€700 Bids
3 Large Thai Terracotta Covered Water Jars
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
3 Large Thai Terracotta Covered Water Jars
by Material Culture
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
Two stoneware bowl Vietnam circa 1900
Apr 25, 5:00 PM CEST
Two stoneware bowl Vietnam circa 1900
by Duran Arte y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids
A Late 15th/ Early 16th Century Vietnamese Blue & White Ceramic Dish salvaged from the famous shipwr
Apr 20, 11:00 AM BST
A Late 15th/ Early 16th Century Vietnamese Blue & White Ceramic Dish salvaged from the famous shipwr
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £80- £160
£500 Bids
INDONESIAN MAJAPAHIT POTTERY FEMALE BUST, 1294 TO 1478 AD
Apr 19, 10:00 AM PDT
INDONESIAN MAJAPAHIT POTTERY FEMALE BUST, 1294 TO 1478 AD
by Scollard Auctions
Est: $250- $375
$800 Bids
JAVA KENDI CEREMONIAL WATER VESSEL EWER, 20TH C.
Apr 19, 10:00 AM PDT
JAVA KENDI CEREMONIAL WATER VESSEL EWER, 20TH C.
by Scollard Auctions
Est: $500- $750
$3000 Bids
Two stoneware bowl Vietnam circa 1900
Apr 25, 5:00 PM CEST
Two stoneware bowl Vietnam circa 1900
by Duran Arte y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€3000 Bids
Vintage Southeast Asian Blue And White Porcelain Box
Apr 18, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Southeast Asian Blue And White Porcelain Box
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$250 Bids
(2) Cambodian Terra Cotta Pottery Vessels
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
(2) Cambodian Terra Cotta Pottery Vessels
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
A LARGE COLLECTION OF NINETEEN VIETNAMESE STONEWARE LIME POTS, 14TH C. AND LATER
Apr 19, 9:30 AM CEST
A LARGE COLLECTION OF NINETEEN VIETNAMESE STONEWARE LIME POTS, 14TH C. AND LATER
by Rob Michiels Auctions
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€1,6000 Bids
(2) Cambodian Terra Cotta Pottery Vessels
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
(2) Cambodian Terra Cotta Pottery Vessels
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
A VIETNAMESE OR ANNAMESE BLUE AND WHITE 'FLORAL' DISH, 15/16TH C.
Apr 19, 9:30 AM CEST
A VIETNAMESE OR ANNAMESE BLUE AND WHITE 'FLORAL' DISH, 15/16TH C.
by Rob Michiels Auctions
Est: €1,200- €1,800
€9500 Bids
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Thai Sawankhalok ceramic charger, 26 cm, ca 1350 AD, Thailand/Siam
May 11, 11:00 AM EDT
Thai Sawankhalok ceramic charger, 26 cm, ca 1350 AD, Thailand/Siam
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$5000 Bids
(2) LARGE SOUTHEAST ASIAN EARTHENWARE MARTABAN STORAGE JARS
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
(2) LARGE SOUTHEAST ASIAN EARTHENWARE MARTABAN STORAGE JARS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,500
$5000 Bids
Thailand.
May 03, 10:00 AM CEST
Thailand.
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €1,600- €2,400
€1,6000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Southeast Asian Ceramics & Pottery


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Raffan Kelaher & Thomas