Red stoneware tea canister by John-Philip and David Elers

This red stoneware tea-jar is remarkable in having the original silver cover, which may have been made by the Elers brothers in their capacity as silversmiths.


Stoneware with original silver cover
12 cm
Art Fund grant:
£362 ( Total: £1,450)
Acquired in:
Jonathan Horne Ltd

The brothers were silversmiths before they turned to working in stoneware. The tea-jar in this form is the earliest known tea caddy, one of only four to survive in this country. The unusual counter-sunk decoration is in the Chinese taste.

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