These beautiful storage jars are known as Kamchengs amongst the Peranakans. Kamchengs are one of the most recognisable examples of Peranakan Chinese porcelain because they were found in almost every Peranakan Chinese household (many of them being family heirlooms). Peranakan Chinese porcelain were commissioned and manufactured in China and exported for use by the Peranakan Chinese in the British Straits Settlements. The Peranakans who made these porcelain were typically from wealthy families and they used them during auspicious occasions like weddings and birthdays.
Peranakan is a Malay term that means ‘born locally’. It is largely used to refer to the descendants of early Chinese merchants and settlers that inter-married with local woman and from which evolved a unique fusion culture of predominantly Chinese, Malay and European elements.
Size: Height: 6″, Width: 5 1/5″, Mouth: 4″
Colour: Available in Pink and Red as shown in images.
Price: S$62 (without gift box), S$66 (with gift box)
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About Peranakan Ware:
‘Exuberant’, ‘Ornate’, ‘Vibrant’ are some of the terms used to describe Peranakan Chinese porcelain, a type of over glazed polychrome enamelled porcelain made to order in a variety of functional forms at the Jingdezhen kilns in China in the mid-1900s to early 2000s for the exclusive use of Straits Chinese or Peranakan Chinese community in the Malay Peninsula and Singapore.
Sometimes called Nyonya wares after the Nyonyas, the womenfolk of the Straits Chinese, who commissioned the wares, the porcelain was primarily ordered and reserved for use for festive occasions and for special functions such as weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries. They were thus decorated with suitable Chinese motifs symbolising marital harmony and longevity.
It was not only fashionable but also a status symbol amongst the Peranakans in the Straits Settlements to own elaborately composed and matching wares, some for serving meals, others for serving tea, and yet others for ceremonial functions. People who could afford such finery lived in style in grand houses.