B O O K R E V I E W : T HA I S I L V E R A N D N I E L L O WAR E Eva Czernis-Ryl – TAASA Review March 2019


This article was originally found in the March 2019 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 28, Issue 1, Page 23).

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Thai Silver and Nielloware Paul Bromberg River Books, 2019; Discover Asian Art series RRP: AUD62, hardcover 232 pages, 345 colour and b/w photographs Beautifully produced and glittering with photographs of silver and gold objects, Thai Silver and Nielloware is an important new reference source for collectors of decorative Asian metalware.

An impressive survey, it is also highly readable and even if you have not yet considered collecting in this area, you will appreciate the mesmerising patterns and exquisite craftsmanship engendered by the great Thai metalwork tradition.

Exploring a fast disappearing industry, this timely publication significantly enriches our understanding of this vital part of Thai heritage. The main focus of the book is on highly ornamented utensils and vessels, particularly from the mid-19th to the early 20th century, such as teapots, betel sets, boxes, bowls, jars but also handbags and other accessories...