Tea caddy and cover

about 1740
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

Object Place: Europe, Germany


10.7 x 8.4 cm (4 3/16 x 3 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

On View

Charles C. Cunningham Gallery (Gallery 247)





The rectangular tea caddy is formed from two molded diagonal pieces. The circular opening at the top has a collar that is fitted with a flat-topped circular cover. The sides of the caddy are painted with a turquoise ground edged in gold with four quatrefoil panels reserved in white. The white shoulders of the caddy are painted with forget-me-nots in blue, yellow, and green. On the top of the cover, within a gold circle, is a scene depicting a man and a woman, wearing puce and iron-red garments, standing in a flat, open landscape. Landscape scenes in blue, blue-gray, green, yellow, and puce fill the four panels on the sides of the caddy. In each, two figures may be seen from the back. In three of the quatrefoils, a brown and iron-red tree frames the left side of the scene; in the fourth, a green tree and a stone building fill the left side of the panel. In each scene there are small clusters of blue-gray clouds in the sky, and a small flock of’ birds flies above the clouds.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus