tea canister

Bonaventura Gottlieb Hauer

tea canister

Bonaventura Gottlieb Hauer


Public: Tea canister and lid made of hard paste porcelain, scenes of silver miners at work and flowers in iron red, purple, blue, green, yellow, brown and black enamel colours. Private: Tea canister and lid, hard paste porcelain. Rectangular in section, with segmental arched shoulder, and circular, domed lid, with flower bud knop. Painted in iron red, purple, blue, green, yellow, brown and black enamel colours and gilt with scenes of Saxon silver miners at work. Sprays of naturalistic flowers (deutsche Blumen) on shoulder.

Display Label

Porcelain canister, with a scene of silver miners circa 1740 Meissen, hand painted by Bonaventura Gottlieb Hauer Meissen porcelain was so expensive and fragile that people collected it for display, rarely daring to actually use it. The word canister was used for containers for tea initially, with the word caddy coming into popular use towards the end of the 18th century. It came from the Malysian word catty, a measure of weight equivalent to about 600 grams. Doctor Frederick Lacks and Doctor Erna Lacks bequest 1981.399

Object Name

tea canister

Date Created

about 1740

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On Display

Manchester Art Gallery - Gallery 19 (Design Gallery) - case 1 - TEMPORARILY CLOSED
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Dr Frederick Lacks and Dr Erna Lacks Bequest


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