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Kangxi famille verte porcelain small tea caddy

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Category
Period
Reference
5655
Height
8 cm (3 1/4")
Chinese early 18th century polychrome porcelain small tea caddy. made during the reign of the Emperor Kangxi and painted in over glaze enamels in the famille verte palette.

The caddy is small and was made for the European market and reflects the fact that tea was expensive and only small amounts were bought.

The excellent painting shows Cockerels / roosters confronting each other on the square sides and on the narrower sides flowering peonies.



The cockerel or Rooster is the 10th sign of the Zodiac and is considered to be the life of the universe. It is also the symbol of faithfulness and courage and to protect against fire. It is seen also the symbol of a successful career as an official.

Excellent example of this type.



The base has four small square feet on each corner.

A rare item and beautiful decoration.
Height
8 cm (3 1/4")
Year
1662 - 1722
Medium
Porcelain
Country
China
Condition
Overall the decoration is excellent condition. Lid is missing and there is a restored chip to the corner of one side at the base