(Germany 1710 – )
11.4 x 8.7 cm diam:
a - canister; 10.2 x 8.7 cm
b - lid; 2 x 4.5 cm
The shape is unusual, most Meissen tea canisters of this period being of a simpler hexagonal form. The man holding up an incense burner on two poles is taken from a print by JG Höroldt dated 1726. The other figures, including a man holding a bowl of tea, are presumably also based on Höroldt designs. The accompanying sprigs of foliage imitate the limited palette and stylised form found on Japanese Kakiemon porcelain.
Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 16 (colour illus.). cat.no. 4