Editors: Anne Håbu and Dawn F. Rooney
Photographer: Kirsten J. Helgeland
Publisher: Hermes Publications, Oslo.
The book provides a general presentation of Bencharong as well as new insight into its nature, history and use, written by some of the leading scholars in the field. Similarities and differences between chinaware exported to Thailand and to other countries in the region are among the topics that are discussed. From which sources has Bencharong derived its unique design? What is the status of this porcelain in Thailand today?
The Ring collection of Bencharong receives special attention. In addition, other antiquities in this collection are examined. Some articles also focus on other Norwegian collectors of oriental arts and ceramics. What were the collectors’ backgrounds and their motivations?
This publication will be of special interest to scholars and students of oriental ceramics as well as all those fascinated by Thai art and culture. A wider audience will also be attracted by its colourful illustrations and little known stories behind these beautiful museum objects.
"... a long-needed contribution to the study of this exuberant ceramic tradition."
"... a publication that appeals to both scholars and general readers."
Heidi Tan, Journal of the Siam Society, Vol. 102, 2014
Jens Braarvig, University of Oslo; Paul Bromberg, editor Journal of the Siam Society, Bangkok; Martin Hager-Saltnes, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo; Kirsten J. Helgeland, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo; Johanne Huitfeldt, art historian and author, Oslo; Anne Håbu, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo; Rose Kerr, Formerly Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Luisa E. Mengoni, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Prapassorn Posrithong, Independent scholar, Bangkok; Dawn F. Rooney, art historian and Author; Arild Engelsen Ruud, University of Oslo; Arthid Sheravanichkul, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; Peter Skilling, French School of Asian Studies (EFEO), Bangkok; Pariwat Thammapreechakorn, Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum, Bangkok University.
The book is distributed in Thailand by River books http://www.riverbooksbk.com/