Peony Tea Caddy
Lidded jars, or kamcheng, are one of nyonya ware’s most distinctive forms, used primarily at wedding ceremonies. Interpreted here as a generously proportioned tea caddy, ogival cartouches enclosing lush peony buds and blossoms sit against a field of floral sprays above a border of stylised lotus petals. The lid features the composite baoxiang flower, a finial of a pearl; one of Buddhism’ Eight Treasures and symbolic of feminine beauty, and a gilded collar. Taken together, the symbolism exudes love and affection.
About the collection
A modern expression in pewter of extravagantly coloured nonya ware, unique to the Peranakan communities of Penang, Malacca and Singapore.