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Tea canister: C.2430-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Metal Pot Factory (Probably)
Double Jug Factory (Possibly)




Tea cannister with screw top, tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue imitation of Chinese porcelain of the reign of Kangxi

Pale buff earthenware slab built with applied screw, tin-glazed and painted in blue. Rectangular with straight sides and flat top, in the centre of which is a cylindrical screw for a cap, now missing. One flat side is decorated with two standing Chinese ladies and one seated in a chair in a garden with an awning beside a tree and a fence in the background. On the other side one woman stands on the right beside a screen and a tree with clouds above, and another, who holds a fan, is seated on a chair beside a table. In the foreground there are small plants and a rock. The two short sides are decorated with three lotus flowers on waving stems of foliage, and on each of the shoulders there is a lotus flower and foliage. The screw is blue.


History note: Sotheby’s, 27 January 1921, lot 100, bought for £18 by Arthur Heyman, the porter, on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.8 cm
Width: 13.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


17th Century, Late-18th Century, Early
Circa 1691 - 1724


The Metal Pot (De Metaale Pot) factory operated between 1670 and 1775. The mark LVE on the base of this tea cannister was the mark of Samuel van Eenhoorn proprietor of the factory between 1691 and 1724.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)
Whole` Depth 7.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Slab building : Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: joined initials

  • Text: LVE with to the right, + and below it o
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2430-1928
Primary reference Number: 73503
Old object number: 3816
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 October 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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