Warmer, from Spotted Nyonya series, 2015
Tan has used a batik-inspired technique to transform the traditional decoration of this covered vessel into a pattern meant to invoke feelings of heritage, consumption, and materiality. Tan masks the outer surface and carefully sandblasts the unmasked portion, revealing the delicate white porcelain below. The process highlights fragments of color from the original surface. The warmer’s lid remains untouched, illustrating four koi “swimming” around its surface. The Spotted Nyonya series employs a pattern of dots.
It is credited
Courtesy of Hans Tan.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 17 × 15 × 15 cm (6 11/16 × 5 7/8 × 5 7/8 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.