Rare Antique Thai Mother-Of-Pearl Cup Thailand 18th -19th c

Rare Antique Thai Mother-Of-Pearl Cup Thailand 18th -19th c


A rare antique, Thai mother-of-pearl inlaid black lac footed cup, or pedestal bowl, Thailand, 18th or early 19th century. The cup of rounded polygonal form with thin sides rising from a decagonal splaying foot, the exterior extremely finely inlaid with various typically Thai designs and motifs in mother-of-pearl against a black lac ground. The interior is decorated with a plain cinnabar-red lacquer.

This type of footed cups usually were used to hold offering on a home Buddhist altar.

REFERENCES: A comparable cup of similar height, with missing Mother of pearl inlay, is published in the Christie’s South Kensington London catalogue: “Arts of India” 12 Jun 2014.

At Estimate: 3,000 GBP – 4,000 GBP

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A similar pedestal bowl dated to the 18th century (also missing the Mother of pearl inlay) is published in the book, Lacquer: An International History and Collector's Guide, by Bourne, Jonathan, Et Al. Page 144 (please see the last picture attached to the listing.

We will provide the buyer with a copy of the page from the mentioned reference together with a certificate of authenticity.

CONDITION: With signs of age and usage, there is some, age-related, missing of the Mother of pearl inlay on the base, and the rim of the cup, and surface cracking in the cinnabar-red lacquer interior.

MEASUREMENTS: Diameter: 10 cm (3.94 inches). Height: 7.8 cm (3.07 inches).

Thai mother-of-pearl inlay craft probably developed in Ayutthaya as early as the mid-14th century, of which the Thais practice in a distinctive style, is mother-of-pearl inlaid into black lacquer. It is painstaking work: The individual elements are very small and lacquer embedding involves many applications. Yet, the best Thai craftsmen have gone to extremes, not just of intricate detail, but of scale of the finished objects. The best-known examples, remarkable in thei