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Dish with a scene of tea cultivation (one of a pair)

Date:
ca. 1740–45
Culture:
Chinese, for European (probably Dutch) market
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm.); Diam. 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm.)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain-Export
Credit Line:
Helena Woolworth McCann Collection, Purchase, Winfield Foundation Gift, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.32.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
This dish depicts several stages in the production of metal canisters intended to contain tea. These cylindrical containers were used to transport tea to Canton, where it was repacked in metal-lined wooden chests for shipment to Europe and elsewhere.
Marking: On underside in underglaze blue: 13
[ Ginsburg & Levy, Inc. , New York, 1971; sold to MMA ]
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