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Tea canister


Origin: London

Date: 1768-1769

14.5 cm height; 364 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, sterling standard, 1768-9, maker's mark BM possibly for Benjamin Mordecai, overstriking another, possibly John Moliere and Dyall Jones

Lent by Mrs Douglas Barrett; LI.181.31

T. Schroder (2009), no. 306

Tea canisters with embossed pictorial scenes were very fashionable throughout the middle of the eighteenth century. Among the first was a model produced by Paul de Lamerie in the late 1740s with Chinese scenes. The graphic sources for the scenes on this canister may possibly be from prints after Boucher or Gravelot.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

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