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A large pewter-lined burlwood tea caddy, Qing dynasty, 18th century 清十八世紀 癭木根套錫胎隨形茶葉大罐

Estimate:

180,000 - 200,000 HKD

A large pewter-lined burlwood tea caddy, Qing dynasty, 18th century 清十八世紀 癭木根套錫胎隨形茶葉大罐

A large pewter-lined burlwood tea caddy, Qing dynasty, 18th century 清十八世紀 癭木根套錫胎隨形茶葉大罐

Estimate:

180,000 - 200,000 HKD

A large pewter-lined burlwood tea caddy,

Qing dynasty, 18th century

清十八世紀  癭木根套錫胎隨形茶葉大罐


h. 17.3 cm; w. 26.5 cm

In overall good condition, with only minor cracks/splits and dents to the pewter, as expected of its age.

Naturalistically hollowed from a burlwood trunk, the present tea caddy demonstrated the reverence for nature among the tea-drinking society in the Qing dynasty. The variegated whorls and knots on the exterior created multiple facets for the piece to attain an attractive chocolate-brown patina.


It is particularly rare to find tea caddies of such generous proportions. Such large caddies were probably used for long-term storage of loose tea leaves, the interior was lined with pewter to prevent moisture and oxidation of the leaves.


本品取癭木根隨形雕製,中心鏤空,展現清代品茶文化對自然之崇尚 。罐身樹幹紋理繁複精細,褐地包漿優雅可喜。

 

此罐尺寸龐大,甚為難得,或乃用於儲存茶葉,內包錫胎防止茶葉受潮及氧化。