The origins of Benjarong are traced back to Ming Dynasty in China (1368 - 1644). The tradition has it about six hundred years ago, a princess from China married into Thailand royal family and brought with her Benjarong Porcelain. At that time, it is understood that Benjarong Porcelain was being made only for the emperor of China. Benjarong was then supplied from China to the king of Siam for several generations. Benjarong continuing to be produced in the small communities of artists with skills hand down from generation to generation, for the next four hundred years. During this period, Benjarong was produced exclusively for use in the palaces of the Siam royal family.
The ancient patterns of Benjarong are free-form (unstructured), such as the Vine Flowers ("Dok-Mai-Khod) and butterfly and contrast with the more structured and geometric patterns devised within Siam. Many of the Siam patterns were designed in the reign of King Rama II (1809 - 1824), but further patterns evolved over the next hundred years. In Particular, the trellis pattern dates to the reign of one their greatest kings, King Rama V (Or King Chulalongkorn 1868 - 1910).
Benjarong ware is a kind of painted porcelain in Thailand. The name literally means 'five colors'. The painted decoration usually consists of 3 to 8 colors. For the decoration, repetitive forms, usually geometric or flower-based, are used. A design is usually named after the decoration base name and a background color (for example, Phum Kao Bin on dark blue). Enamel colors are applied and overglazed, creating a swelling effect over the surface of the piece. The production process is incredibly labor intensive, as each of is applied individually and the piece is kiln fired after the application of each color. The firing process brightens the colors of the finished piece and adds to its beauty. Gold is also used in painting the porcelain. Each piece of Benjarong is made to order and produced by a highly skilled artist, with the employment of 18K gold on each piece of Benjarong.


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