Tea canisterOn display
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Very few silver containers made specifically for tea survive from the second half of the seventeenth century. There is a theory that tea canisters originated from the square flasks in toilet services. However, this canister most likely derives from early seventeenth-century Chinese porcelain. The engraved letter G stands for 'Green tea', which had the largest market until it was overtaken by black (Bohea) tea around 1730.
Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)
Artist/makerprobably Anonymous British (goldsmith)
Material and technique
Dimensions10.9 cm (height)
289 g (weight)
No. of items
Bequeathed by A.T. Carter, 1947.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 55 | Silver
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Glossary of terms
Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.
Schroder, Timothy, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 2009), 295