Catalogue of the first member's exhibition of the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society, West Malaysia Chapter, held in the Muzium Seni Asia (Museum of the Arts of Asia), University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, September 1981. With an introduction by William Willets and an Essay on Nonya Ware by Lim Suan Poh.
This 128-page catalogue comprises 35 colour-plates featuring 85 individual pieces of pottery, and over 200 black-and-white photographs illustrating every piece exhibited. 'Nonya ware' is the name given to a variety of porcelain made during the 19th and early 20th century at Ch'ing-tê Chên, commonly found amongst the Straits Chinese of Penang, Malacca, and Singapore. It is highly distinctive in its multi-coloured enamelled decoration, often with phoenixes, peonies, and other symbols of marital bliss and longevity. It was used on festive occasions - weddings and birthdays - and owes its name to the fact that it was inherited matrilineally by the Nonyas, or females of the Straits Chinese communities. 'Kitchen Ch'ing' has been coined to name the common household pottery, often decorated in blue and white, of Ch'ing-tê Chên or south Chinese provincial manufacture, found in daily use in Malaysian households, and indeed throughout Southeast Asia, and other parts of the world where immigrant Chinese have settled. William Willets brings fresh insights to bear upon the process of 'devolution' of design in these wares, and calls into evidence the findings of the 1977 expedition to Balambangan, site of an East India Company trading-post established on an island off North Borneo in the late 18th century.
Published by The Southeast Asian Ceramic Society, Malaysia, 1981
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