porcelain was made in China as a result of a specialized market
in South East Asia, mainly in Malaysia and Singapore.
or Baba Nyonya are terms for a subgroup of the Straits Chinese and
their unique culture. They are descendants of early Chinese emigrants
who settled on both sides of the Malacca Straits as early as the 15th
and 16th centuries. That is, mainly in the areas of present-day
Singapore, Malacca and Penang.
These early settlers often took Malay or Indonesian brides and as a result their culture and objects were influenced by the local Malay culture, creating a very distinct local Chinese flavor.
Straits Chinese porcelain is generally brighter colored than
any other export porcelain made in China. The base color is often a
bright yellow, green, pink, etc.
In the second half of the 19th century affluent straits Straits Chinese started ordering porcelain wares in China, having them custom made to their own taste. These Nyonya wares represent one of the most colorful porcelain wares made in China.