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Subject:Chinese Tea Caddy?
Posted By: shadyoak Sat, Dec 29, 2018 IP: 50.127.217.217

We are seeking to learn more about what appears to be a Chinese blue and white porcelain tea caddy. It has multi-sided pictorial drawings (all 4 sides - will post add;l photos in reply message). It is of very nice quality/craftmanship. Does anyone know what this item is, how it may have been used and/or any manufacturer/age/value information that can be shared?







Subject:Re: Chinese Tea Caddy?
Posted By: shadyoak Sun, Dec 30, 2018

Additional photos.







Subject:Re: Chinese Tea Caddy?
Posted By: Bill H Mon, Dec 31, 2018

I believe this probably is a late 20th century or subsequently made Chinese product. In my opinion, the figural style is quite naïve, reflecting a multigenerational gap between the artist who drew it and those trained by competent masters in traditional canons of such art. Only decorative value.

Here for comparison is a ten-plus inch Chinese saucer-form dish with 'Immortals' decoration in the cavetto and 'Prunus & Cracked Ice' with flower & bird reserves around the rim. It dates to about 1900 or somewhat later, when the Qing traditional style was undegraded.

Best regards,

Bill H.




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