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 ]
Artist: After a design by Cornelis Pronk (Dutch, Amsterdam 1691–1759 Amsterdam)Date: ca. 1734–37Medium: Hard-paste porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)Accession: 68.153On view in:Gallery 201