In the twentieth century, nielloware was no longer a symbol of status but a modern celebration of traditional Thai culture. Although some of these items resemble the water bowls and tea sets gifted in the nineteenth century, several clearly represent a modern interpretation. The container shaped like a bell pepper gifted to First Lady Laura Bush by Queen Sirikit exemplifies how the repertoire for these objects expanded to include new shapes. -
Gift from Their Majesties to President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon, 1969


  • Title: Gold niello bowl, tray, ladle
  • Date Created: 1969
  • Location Created: California, USA
  • Physical Dimensions: 12.9 x 26.0 - Overall H with tray: 14.8 cm
  • Provenance: Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration. - Nixon Library
  • Type: Craft

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