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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Tea Canister

ca. 1760-65 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Tea canister, of soft-paste porcelain, painted in underglaze blue and moulded in relief; of oblong eight-sided section with a flat top and short cylindrical neck; each of the larger sides is painted with a Chinese figure in a landscape in a panel surrounded by flowers, beadwork, and foliage in relief; round the top and the base are borders of scrolls and lozenge-patterns in blue; on one of the ends are the words 'Hyson Tia' and on the other are the initials 'H.T.', painted on a slightly raised panel with a floral border in relief; floral sprays and insects in blue are scattered over the remaining surfaces.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Soft-paste porcelain, painted in underglaze blue and moulded in relief
Brief description
Tea canister, of soft-paste porcelain, painted with underglaze blue and moulded in relief, and of oblong eight-sided section with a flat top and short cylindrical neck, made by Lowestoft porcelain factory, Lowestoft, ca. 1763-65
Physical description
Tea canister, of soft-paste porcelain, painted in underglaze blue and moulded in relief; of oblong eight-sided section with a flat top and short cylindrical neck; each of the larger sides is painted with a Chinese figure in a landscape in a panel surrounded by flowers, beadwork, and foliage in relief; round the top and the base are borders of scrolls and lozenge-patterns in blue; on one of the ends are the words 'Hyson Tia' and on the other are the initials 'H.T.', painted on a slightly raised panel with a floral border in relief; floral sprays and insects in blue are scattered over the remaining surfaces.
Dimensions
  • Height: 12.1cm
  • Length: 9.5cm
  • Width: 6.4cm
Marks and inscriptions
  • '5' (Painted in underglaze blue on the base)
  • 'Hyson Tia' (Painted on one end)
  • 'H.T.' (Painted on one end)
Credit line
Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber
Object history
Purchased by Lady Charlotte Schreiber from Ogden, Oxford, for 7 shillings in December 1872.
Acquired as Bow porcelain.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic references
  • Spencer, Christopher. Early Lowestoft. Cornwall: Ainsworth and Nelson, 1981. Fig. 156.
  • For this pattern, see Geoffrey A. Godden, Lowestoft Porcelains, 2nd edition, 1985, pl. 67, where dated ca. 1763-65
  • For this pattern, see also Geoffrey A. Godden, English Blue and White Porcelain, 2004, col. pl. 76, where dated ca. 1760-62
Other number
Sch. I 448 - Schreiber number
Collection
Accession number
414:112-1885

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Record createdJanuary 14, 2009
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