Nakhon Nielloware, A Rare Engraved, Nielloed And Gilt Cylindrical Shaped Kettle (Kar Nam Ton), Probably Nakhon Si Thammarat Or Krung Tom, Thailand, Circa 1850s AD.

Identification Number: 378


The kettle is made out of carefully chased or repoussed high grade silver, decorated with garlanded flower motives, finely Nielloed and polished and heavily gilded, the cylindrical shaped body is covered with a domed cover with a blossoming flower head shaped finial.

Condition: very good, metal tarnishing.

23 cm height.
16 cm the width and distance between the spout and body.


-Thai Silver and Nielloware, by Paul Bromberg, ISBN: 9786164510142, for similar Gold nielloware Kettles Please see the book cover.

-For almost identical Gold Nielloed kettle please see, Silverware in Thailand, by Naengoni Punjabhan, ISBN 974-88695-6-3, Please see lot catalogued on pages 149 the kettle belongs to the National Museum of Bangkok.

-The Southeast Asian Art Collection of James B. & Doris Duke, by Nancy Tingly, The foundation for Southeast Asian Art & Culture, New York, 2003, Please The almost identical Gilt Nielloware Silver teapot, plate No. 66 page 86.

-For another similar gold niello silverware water kettle, please see the Suan Pakkad Palace Collection, text by Prof. M. C. Subhadradis Diskul, William Warren, Oragoon Pokakornvijan & Viroon Baidikul, 9 September 1991, please see Lot No. 86 catalogued on page 89, lot description in page 128.

-For yet another similar gold water kettle please see Ancient Thailand, History and Treasures od an Ancient Civilization, Text by Nicoletta Celli, White Star Publishers, the Thai Royal Collection exhibited on pages 182 & 183, the Amarinda Vincichai Hall, where the first kings of the Chakri Dynasty held audience.

-A similar Gold Nielloware teapot or kettle was gifted from the Thai King Mongkut to the American President Franklin Pierce, the American Smithsonian Institution (the National Museum of Natural History-Washington-DC), the department of Anthropology.