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Tea caddy: EC.12 & A-1939

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory




Red stoneware cut and polished; silver lid. Rectangular with straight sides and top, which has a rectangular aperture in the middle into which the cover fits. It is decorated on all sides with cut daisies, tulips, stylized flowers, sprays of leaves, insects and snakes. The lid is engraved with a spray of leaves across the corners and a fruit in the centre surrounding the knob.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Depth: 5.4 cm
Height: 11.1 cm
Width: 9.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1939-05)


Early 18th Century
Frederick I
Augustus II
Circa 1710 CE - 1715 CE

Components of the work

Tea Caddy composed of red stoneware
Lid composed of silver

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: J ?
  • Location: On silver
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Location: On silver
  • Type: Town mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.12 & A-1939
Primary reference Number: 140392
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 15 July 2014 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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