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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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An eight-piece blue and white Vietnamese tea set, late 19th century
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
An eight-piece blue and white Vietnamese tea set, late 19th century
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$1,6008 Bids
A Benjarong Lai Nam Thong covered bowl painted with roses blossoming on gold ground
Dec 03, 6:00 PM ICT
A Benjarong Lai Nam Thong covered bowl painted with roses blossoming on gold ground
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿30,000- ฿40,000
฿28,0004 Bids
A small Benjarong covered jar painted with floral vine scrolls on a red ground
Dec 03, 6:00 PM ICT
A small Benjarong covered jar painted with floral vine scrolls on a red ground
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿2,000- ฿3,000
฿2,0003 Bids
A Benjarong covered bowl painted with floral vine scrolls within lotus petal panels on a white ground
Dec 03, 6:00 PM ICT
A Benjarong covered bowl painted with floral vine scrolls within lotus petal panels on a white ground
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿15,000- ฿20,000
฿9,0002 Bids
A pair of Benjarong stem dishes painted with floral trellis design on a white background
Dec 03, 6:00 PM ICT
A pair of Benjarong stem dishes painted with floral trellis design on a white background
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿2,000- ฿3,000
฿2,0001 Bid
A group of Benjarong covered jarlet with gold finial painted with trellis and rice design
Dec 10, 12:30 PM ICT
A group of Benjarong covered jarlet with gold finial painted with trellis and rice design
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿70,000- ฿90,000
฿50,0001 Bid
A GROUP OF BLUE AND WHITE AND POLYCHROME PORCELAIN VASES AND BOWLS
Dec 07, 9:30 AM CET
A GROUP OF BLUE AND WHITE AND POLYCHROME PORCELAIN VASES AND BOWLS
by Nagel Auction
Est: €400- €600
€4001 Bid
A Vietnamese blue and white teapot and five silver cups, 19th century
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
A Vietnamese blue and white teapot and five silver cups, 19th century
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
A Vietnamese blue and white teapot, 19th century
Dec 05, 9:00 AM EST
A Vietnamese blue and white teapot, 19th century
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
Rare Oriental 1000-500 BC Incised Bowl Ban China-Thailand
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Rare Oriental 1000-500 BC Incised Bowl Ban China-Thailand
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
A LARGE VIETNAMESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN DISH, 15TH CENTURY WITH BOOK
Dec 02, 10:30 AM GMT
A LARGE VIETNAMESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN DISH, 15TH CENTURY WITH BOOK
by Ma San Auction
Est: £500- £800
£4801 Bid
Thai Enamel Pottery Jar And Cover
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Thai Enamel Pottery Jar And Cover
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Zwei thailändische Tonköpfe,
Dec 16, 10:00 AM CET
Zwei thailändische Tonköpfe,
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
Southeast Asian 18th Century Ceramic Architectural Tile Presumably  From  Temple Or Shrine
Dec 17, 7:00 PM EST
Southeast Asian 18th Century Ceramic Architectural Tile Presumably  From  Temple Or Shrine
by Tunicks Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $900
$3000 Bids
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Thai Sawankhalok ceramic charger, 26 cm, ca 1350 AD, Thailand/Siam
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
Thai Sawankhalok ceramic charger, 26 cm, ca 1350 AD, Thailand/Siam
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$8000 Bids
Large Thai Ban Chiang Painted Pottery Vessel.
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
Large Thai Ban Chiang Painted Pottery Vessel.
by Palmyra Heritage Gallery
Est: $200- $250
$1500 Bids
Vase
Dec 03, 2:00 PM CET
Vase
by Antikvity
Est: €90- €120
€900 Bids
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1 PAAR KLEINE VASEN
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
1 PAAR KLEINE VASEN
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF120
CHF1000 Bids
A Sukhothai glazed ceramic covered box painted with trailing flowers and geometric pattern
Dec 10, 12:30 PM ICT
A Sukhothai glazed ceramic covered box painted with trailing flowers and geometric pattern
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿15,000- ฿20,000
฿8,0000 Bids
A Sukhothai glazed ceramic covered box painted with flower in panels
Dec 10, 12:30 PM ICT
A Sukhothai glazed ceramic covered box painted with flower in panels
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿15,000- ฿20,000
฿8,0000 Bids
A Benjarong Lai Nam Thong stem dish painted and gilt with Shou character and scrolling lotus on a
Dec 10, 12:30 PM ICT
A Benjarong Lai Nam Thong stem dish painted and gilt with Shou character and scrolling lotus on a
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿30,000- ฿40,000
฿12,0000 Bids
A Benjarong stem dish painted with Shou character and lotus ponds on a gold ground
Dec 10, 12:30 PM ICT
A Benjarong stem dish painted with Shou character and lotus ponds on a gold ground
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿30,000- ฿40,000
฿18,0000 Bids
A pair of Benjarong stem dish painted with floral trellis design on a white background
Dec 10, 12:30 PM ICT
A pair of Benjarong stem dish painted with floral trellis design on a white background
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿40,000- ฿50,000
฿24,0000 Bids
A pair of Benjarong Lai Nam Thong stem dishes painted with a floral design on a gold ground
Dec 10, 12:30 PM ICT
A pair of Benjarong Lai Nam Thong stem dishes painted with a floral design on a gold ground
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿50,000- ฿70,000
฿20,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Southeast Asian Ceramics & Pottery


RCB Auctions

RCB Auctions

Theodore Bruce

Theodore Bruce

Tajan

Tajan

Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel