Narrative Painting, Thailand, Late 19th/Early 20th Century

Extremely fine painting using pigments and gold leaf on cloth depicting various royal court scenes to include; soldiers with swords guarding the compound, performing musicians, servants, the royal family, and while mythical Kennari and animals adorn the skies.  Late 19th/1st Half 20th century.

48 x 24 inche

29.9 x 61 cm


Silver Bowl with Lotus, Fish, and Birds, Thailand, Rattanakosin Period,19th Century

Intricately chaste silver begging bowl with all over, including the bottom, detailed silverwork featuring lotus flowers and pods, various fish types, and birds.  Weight is 224 grams.

6.25 inch diameter

15.9 cm


Gilded Bronze Standing Buddha, Thailand, Rattanakosin Period, 19th Century

Standing on a round lotus pod base above three additional tiers  of octagonal form, this splendid Buddha ‘preaches on reason’ with both arms raised in double abhaya mudra.  Wearing an elaborate robe inlaid with mirrors, his peaceful expression is typical of a classic Thai Buddha.

25 inches

63.5 cm


Sawankhalok Garuda, Vishnu’s Vessel, Sukhothai Period, Thailand, 14-15th Century

Thai Sawankhalok ceramic figure of Garuda, Sukhothai period, 14th/15th century, the part-human part-bird form divinity subduing a three-headed naga (snake deity) by standing on the sinuous body and holding two of the tails to either side of his bird-like face with its features accented with iron-oxide, all supported on a square plinth,  NB: similar reference  from James and Elaine Cornell collection at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

17 inches tall

43.2 cm tall


Silver Chain Belt with Ornate Buckle, Northern Thailand,19th Century

Very heavy three-piece silver buckle featuring intricately chaste flowers and a butterfly is attached to five strands of chain mesh separated by three decorative sections of spiral wire.  It is typical of Northern Thailand in the 19th century and weighs 486 grams.

                                                                                                                                             31 inches long

78.7 cm long


Thai Narrative Painting, 1st Half 20th Century

Thai narrative painting of a village scene, with multiple activities including a massage, working in the rice field, and socializing.  Gouache on cloth, 1st half 20th century. !st half 20th century


Antique Karai (Wooden Coconut Scraper in Shape of Rabbit), Thailand, Late 19th/Early 20th Century

Those fortunate enough to have visited Thailand have experienced some of the finest and most interesting foods in the world for numerous reasons.

First, Thailand, previously known as Siam, is strategically located in the corner of Southeast Asia, where it welcomed travelers and traders from both East and Westbound ships, bringing diversity and styles that merged into Thai cuisine. Spices from India and Indonesia have long been incorporated into Thai cooking as well as the close proximity to neighbors Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and China which helped assimilate their cooking into a unique style where flavors and tastes are layered and unequaled in the world, .

Second, the soils of Thailand arguably produce the finest crops in all of SE Asia as their two monsoon seasons provide the necessary rains to grow produce all year long and the alluvial deposits continually provide fresh, rich soil.

Third, much of SE Asia was colonized by the Dutch, The British, and most importantly, in the culinary sense, the Frence, which introduced a much softer cooking style that beautifully agreed with and augmented the Thai style.

But almost everyone who has visited Thailand agrees that Thai cooking outside Thailand, while often very good, does not taste nearly as good as the real thing….that which had been experienced in Thailand. Perhaps some of the flavors are perceived through the tropical ambiance and sensory mixing of sounds, sights, and smells. Perhaps the refreshing cold beers so well complement the oftentimes spicy Thai foods that a relaxed, euphoric attitude adds to the culinary delights. Perhaps it is the artistic presentation, as bright colors strikingly contrast with each other to display gorgeous dishes to stimulate the senses. Or perhaps it is because the modern world is supplanting the traditional, not only in the everyday advancement of technology, communication, and travel, but also in the daily lifestyle.

In Thai cooking, one of the most important ingredients is coconut milk, which is used in everything from soups to rice to curries to chutneys to desserts. And modern processes very quickly produce coconut milk from the raw coconuts, but at a significant cost. Traditionally, coconut milk was produced by a very tedious task of scraping the meat from the coconut and then slowly straining water through it. Every home had at least one coconut scraper on which the cook would sit, as if riding a horse side saddle, and slowly grate the scraper across the meaty interior to remove the meat before create using it to produce the milk. The subtle difference in the process is clearly recognized in the taste, as the richness of tradition is displaced with the somewhat tainted and diluted acceptance of progress.

Once common everywhere, coconut graters have slowly disappeared from everyday life, replaced by electric graters that radically alter food prep time, but unfortunately also lose flavor. Fortunately, many restaurants and street vendors still employ the old methods to maintain the richer flavors of old, but everyday home use has disappeared.

Traditionally, the coconut graters, called Karai, were carved from wood and usually took the shape or form of animals, primarily rabbits, which, coincidentally or not, is the same Thai word, Karai. From the mouth of the scraper, long iron tongues emerge that flatten and grow into circular serrated blades to scrape the meat.
This beautiful hardwood Karai, or coconut scraper, in the shape of a rabbit, or Karai, with metal eyes, is probably from the late 19th to the early 20th century. It features a collar around its neck and long ears that lay flat on its back. It is 28 inches long, maintains the original scraper and is in excellent condition.

For additional information on coconut scrapers, this is a link to an article from the Bangkok Post.…/388…/scrapers-on-the-scrap-heap.

 Thailand, late 19th/Early 20th century

28 inches long

71.1 cm long



Bencharong Covered Rice Bowl, Thailand, 18th Century

Covered Bencharong rice bowl, with five-colored glazes in black, green, red, white, and yellow, with six medallions of seated Thepanom surrounded by flames and two bands of floral designs on the bowl and the lid, which has a three tiered finial on the top.  Thailand, late 18th century.

7.5 inches

19 cm


Gilded Seated Buddha in Royal Attire, Thailand, Rattanakosin Period

Gilded bronze seated Buddha in Royal attire, in Dhyana Mudra, signifying meditation, with both hands in his lap with palms upward and the right hand is on top of the left, seated in the half-lotus posture. Thailand, Ratanakosin Period, 19th century.

8.5 inches

21.5 cm


Pair of Wooden Yaksha (Guardians), Lacquered and Inlaid with Mirrors, Early 19th Century, Thailand


Early 19th Century pair of wooden Yaksha (Guardians), lacquered and intricately costumed with inlaid  patterns made from tiny glass mirrors.. Each Yaksha is standing on a rock formation holding a raised club in his right hands.  One is lacquered with red hands, feet, and face while the other is lacquered with black hands, feet, and face.  Their skirts are lacquered and mirrored on tin with some losses to mirror inlay.

In Buddhist mythology, the Yakṣha are the attendants of Vaisravana, the Guardian of the Northern Quarter, a beneficent god who protects the righteous. The term also refers to the Twelve Heavenly Generals who guard Bhaisajvaguru , the Medicine Buddha.

Yaksha are an important aspect of Thai Temple Architecture and have been employed to protect the gates of  temples from evil entering the temple grounds since at least the 14th century.  Early 19th century

37 inches

94 cm


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