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
180,000 - 200,000 HKD
A large pewter-lined burlwood tea caddy,
Qing dynasty, 18th century
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.