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Tea-caddy: C.4 & A-1972

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain, glazed, and decorated with painting in polychrome enamels, apricot lustre and gilding. The caddy is of six-sided baluster form with a circular, flat-topped cover. Three sides are decorated with seated Chinese men taking tea, with birds and insects flying overhead. The other three sides have standing Chinese men about to take tea. Below there is a green hoirzontal band. The corners, shoulder, and the side of the cover are gilded. The top of the cover is dcorated with a floral motif in gold on an apricot lustre ground.


History note: Unknown before Sir Richard Jessel

Legal notes

Given by Sir Richard Jessel

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.1 cm
Width: 8.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1972-01-29) by Jessel, Richard, Sir


18th Century, second quarter#
Frederick Augustus I
Circa 1725 CE - 1730 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel gold

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed, and painted in polychrome enamels, apricot lustre, and gold

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 23.
  • Location: Inside cover
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Type: Gold number
  • Text: 3 (the 2 of 23 probably worn away)
  • Location: On base of caddy
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Type: Gold number

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4 & A-1972
Primary reference Number: 140280
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2017 Last processed: Tuesday 12 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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