In 1904, several sea chests filled with treasures arrived in Kristiania from Siam, today’s Thailand. Captain Theodor Ring had collected 250 pieces of colourful Bencharong porcelain, during his service in the Siamese navy. Now he wanted to give his collection to two museums in Oslo.
The exhibition tells the story of Bencharong porcelain, from its journey from China to the capital of Thailand in the 1700- and 1800’s, to its present home in a Norwegian museum.
The exhibition presents pieces from both museums; the Museum of Cultural History, which now houses the former Ethnographic Museum, and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, of which the Museum of Decorative Arts is now a part. On display are other objects Ring gave to the museum, as well as pieces of Bencharong collected by another Norwegian explorer who toured the East, Carl Bock (1849 – 1932).
The curator of the exhibition is conservator Anne Håbu.