D2097. Blue and White Tea Canister
Delft, circa 1710
Marked LVE 5 P I – for Lambertus van Eenhoorn, the owner of De Metaale Pot (The Metal Pot) factory from 1691 until 1721, or his widow Margaretha Teckmann until 1724
The square body painted on two sides with a dragon amidst scroll motifs and beneath two blue-ground panels reserved with floral scrolls, the other two sides with a profusion of floral sprigs, the shoulder with a blue ground reserved in each corner with a flowerhead and three leaves, the threaded circular neck enameled in blue; the cover with a threaded interior, and its blue-ground top and sides reserved with floral scroll motifs.
Diameter: 11.5 cm. (4.5 in.)
Tea was presented to the guests in beautifully tea canister, or so-called tea caddies. The word caddy is derived from the Malay word ‘kati’, a measure of weight equal to 630g (1.4lbs) approximately. However until about 1800, they were called tea canisters rather than caddies. These containers, which held loose leaf tea, were created in a variety of materials, such as porcelain, glass, silver, enamel and Delftware. They were fitted with covers to keep the contents dry, Originally these receptacles had no provision for a spoon, but by the late 1690s, some of the covers were shaped like a small cup and this was used to measure the loose tea.
- Usual rim frittings