A Thai Celadon Model of a Turtle, Si Satchanalai Kilns, 14th to 16th Century.
Condition: Part of the back edge of the shell has been restored c.40 x 8 mm.
Size: Length : 8 cm (3 1/4 inches)
Provenance:The Nicol Guerin / Dick van Oenen Collection of Thai ceramics. This collection was built up over a period of some 60 years. J.D. van Oenen was posted in Thailand in the 1950`s for more than 8 years, where he started the collection, and was awarded The Order of the Crown Prince of Thailand. He was very well known by the dealers of Bangkok, as well as Singapore, Manila and Indonesia, where he travelled to in the 60`s, 70` and 80`s. In Singapore he was a recipient of the Medal of Merit by the government, this was given to him for his professional contribution. This joint collection features in a book published by his wife Nicol and himself Dick, called `Thai Ceramic Art, The Three Religions (Nicol Guerin & Dick Van Oenen published in 2005, Singapore).
References:Thai Ceramic Art, The Three Religions (Nicol Guerin, Dick van Oenen, Suntree Media 2005. ISBN 981-05-0736-4) page 277, plate 408.
Si Satchanalai / Sawankhalok :
The Si Satchanalai kilns on the river Yom in north-central Thailand are to the north of the town of Sawankhalok. When I started studying oriental ceramics Sawankhalok was the name used to describe the high-fired stoneware that is now known to have come from Si Satchanalai. This kiln site is north of the other large Thai ceramics production center of Sukhothai. Both centers of production were under the cultural direction of the Sukhothai kingdom. Archaeological evidence supports a production period starting as early as the 14th century and coming to an end in the 16th century. Export ware as well as domestic wares and architectural ceramics were made of high-fired stoneware with decoration in iron-oxide, monochrome brown or celadon glazes.