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An image of Tea canister and cover by Meissen

Meissen

(Germany 1710 – )

Title
Tea canister and cover
Year
circa 1728
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions

11.4 x 8.7 cm diam:

a - canister; 10.2 x 8.7 cm

b - lid; 2 x 4.5 cm

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2010.190.a-b
Location
15th–19th c European art
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 16 (colour illus.). cat.no. 4