Description & Technical information

Chinese export porcelain, Kangshi period (1662-1722). Urn shaped tea caddy decorated in cobalt blue underglaze with a silver lid. On the body the coat of arms of D. Pedro de Lancastre Silveira Valente Castelo Branco Vasconcelos Barreto e Meneses, toped by an inverted head pelican. The whole composition is encircled by flowers and sits on an open lotus flower. The conical base filled by a band of flowers and squirrels.
Similar pieces can be seen in the Abel de lacerda collection and at the Myseu Nacional de Arte Antiga in Lisbon.

Period:  1600-1750, 17th century, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: porcelain, Cobalt blue underglaze, Silver lid
Dimensions: 18.03 cm (7¹/₁₀ inches)
Provenance: Private Collection
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art