The Product: Thai Benjarong pots hand-painted with decorative finial lids
I believe these are Thai Benjarong pots, hand-painted, possibly gold-leafed and with typically Thai silhouettes. The hand-decoration showcases traditional Siamese patterns and colours – the word Benjarong literally means ‘five colours’, although the number of colours used on a pot can vary. The interior is white porcelain and they are in perfect condition.
I came across both of these glorious pots at the back of vintage stores on dusty shelves, hidden behind rafts of other, rather less remarkable, pots and vases. They shone like jewels and instantly took me back to Thailand and its rich handicraft heritage.
This is where I get to explain the USP of Designs By Origin! These pots, despite being steeped in cultural heritage with their traditional looks and provenance, feel decidedly modern when styled in a modern tableau or room scheme. Indeed their glowing, Royal – almost electric-blue hue, together with the zingy, acid-yellow accents give them an edgy feel that just works in an eclectic, modern home. They are beautiful and perhaps, sentimental, for anyone who visited and fell in love with Thailand and it’s incredible handicraft traditions.
They are perfect for dressing tables – storing cotton wall balls or buds perhaps? But we’ve used them as decorative elemnts on a dining room sideboard. And they’d give any elegant ‘shelfie’ a hit of grown-up, cultural style!
The Detail – Thai Benjarong pot hand-painted with decorative finial lid
The pots are available as a pair (simply add both to your basket) or singly – use the drop-down on the product page. The larger lidded pot measures 18cm tall x 15cm and the smaller lidded pot measures 15cm tall x 12.5cm.