Tea-caddy

Dutch (Zwolle)
about 1700
Attributed to Hendrik Voet (Dutch, 1654 - 1737), Formerly attributed to Julien Berthe


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

10.7 x 7.4 x 4.7 cm (4 3/16 x 2 15/16 x 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1993.452a-b

Medium or Technique

Tortoiseshell, with silver inlay, silver mounts; wooden core and inset base

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

Rectangular canister with inset wooden base. The sides are panels of tortoiseshell inlaid with engraved silver held within a silver frame. The two large sides depict a man in Asian costume under an umbrella, and a woman in Asian costume with a teapot offering a cup to a child under an exotic tree. The short sides depict a man and a woman under exotic trees. The silver lid is cylindrical with a ball finial.

Inscription

with the discharge of Julien Berthe only
"348" carved into wood bottom

Markings

Unidentified mark of a boar's head facing right on side of cover and neck

Provenance

May 5, 1960, sold by S. J. Phillips, London (dealer) to Elizabeth Parke Firestone (b. 1897 - d. 1990) and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. (b. 1898 - d. 1973), Akron, OH and Newport, RI; 1993; gift of the estate of Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 26, 1993)

Credit Line

Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Collection