Museum Quality Lord Ganesh Sawankhalok Stoneware / Pottery Statue. Porcelain. 16/17th Century. Thailand.
The best known of all traditional Thailand ceramics are those named and from Sawankhalok. Such stoneware is decorated in a rich brown glaze and decorated with an opaque glaze. The finely crackled surface of the glaze is lightly speckled from ash residue deposits during the low temperature glazing process.
This is another piece from a deceased Bangkok collector who had this piece in his family for many generations. This stoneware comes from kilns near the famous Si Satchanala kilns, world famous for this type of stoneware. Some of the collector’s other pieces are now in museums in SE Asia and throughout Europe.
The collector’s grandson insisted that the piece is from the 16/17th Century . . . and had included a “certificate” (plus governmental documentation releasing Antiques of the Thailand Kingdom) to confirm such from a local gallery in Thailand. I did some research on the gallery and they are reputable. BUT…. I am more inclined to say 100+ years in age. . . . which is reflected in my price.
Frankly, I find the entire process of creating this rare stoneware and the history pretty amazing.
I cannot find any chips, cracks or repairs.
For the Serious Collector. Stand not included.