A rare Staffordshire lead glazed green coloured tea canister, circa 1755
Lot 32
A rare Staffordshire green glazed tea canister, circa 1755
Sold for £1,750 (US$ 2,938) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare Staffordshire green glazed tea canister, circa 1755
Of small size and rectangular form, crisply moulded with a flowering bush titled 'CIA or TE herb', the other side moulded with a tree with a vine entwined around one branch, titled 'Herb Teng' in a ribbon, 10cm high, (two small chips and two short fine cracks to rim)


  • Provenance: The Douglas Sidders Collection. The moulded decoration is taken from the Dutch traveller Johan Nieuhof's work An Embassy from the East-India Company, of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham or Emperour of China, published in the first English edition in 1669 by John Ogilby. One engraving has the same title as on the tea caddy; 'CIA or TE herbe' the vine is entitled 'Vimen Sinicum called TENG'. A green and orange lead-glazed example from the Goldweitz Collection was sold at Sotheby's New York on 20 January 2006, lot 142. A stoneware example with traces of cold gilding from the Glaisher collection, is in the Fitzwilliam museum, no.C.563-1928.
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