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.
Red stoneware tea canister by John-Philip and David Elers, 16901698
© Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery
- 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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