This white-ground dessert spoon belongs to a Nonyaware dinner service. The decoration of colourful enamel pattern with the mythical phoenix trailing up the handle with peony flowers in the well, was a popular design. A Peranakan dinner service, like this set, can total many hundreds of pieces, with about eight different types of vessel shapes and sizes, including dessert ware. Large quantities of this kind of porcelain were made for export to Southeast Asia. Only the wealthiest Peranakan families could afford to place orders for large sets of matching porcelain for celebratory feasts. These impressive displays were laid out on the ‘tok panjang’ (literally ‘long table’) that was the formal dining table for special occasions.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
China
Dimension
Gross measurement: H: 3.9 x W: 9.7 x D: 3.3cm
Accession No.
2008-07653
Material
Nil
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Acquired with funds from Friends of ACM through Gala Dinner 2009
Category
Ceramics