Tea canister

about 1725–30
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

Object Place: Meissen, Germany


9.9 x 8.2 cm (3 7/8 x 3 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

Not On View





The hexagonal baluster-shaped tea caddy has a simple circular cover that fits over a raised neck. A thick gold band is painted along each of the ribs, on the hexagonal base, at the base of the neck, and around the side of the cover. The top of the cover is decorated with gilt scrolling and a stylized flower within a circular gilt band. The six panels are painted with chinoiserie figures engaged in various activities. The figures stand on brown and green ground amidst flowering foliage painted in purple, blue, gray, iron red, and gold. Similarly colored birds and insects are painted above the figures.


Tea caddy: crossed swords in underglaze blue (partially obliterated); thrower's mark of impressed three dots for Seidel; 87 in gold. Cover: 87+ in gold.


Forsyth Wickes (b.1876-d.1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection