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Maker(s):Harley, Thomas (attributed)
Culture:English (1778-1832)
Title:tea canister
Date Made:ca. 1805
Type:Food Service
Materials:ceramic: lead glaze with cobalt oxide over refined earthenware (pearlware), underglaze cobalt enamel
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; Staffordshire
Measurements:overall: 4 in x 3 1/2 in x 8.89 cm; 10.16 cm x 8.89 cm x 3 1/2 in
Accession Number:  HD 90.179
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Harold G. Duckworth
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

With no Chinese porcelain protypes to copy, British ceramic tea canisters of the 18th century took several different forms. They are mostly, however, square or octagonal with a wide cylindrical lip, and seem to derive from the japanned metal canisters used for displaying and dispensing tea and coffee in grocers' shops. By contrast, smarter tea canisters of glass or silver tended to copy the wooden tea chest, complete with its wavy metal edging and corners. Only later in the century was the little baluster-shaped canister copied by English porcelain factories (for example, Worcester) which imitated Chinese vase-like versions made solely for export. English pearlware drum-shaped tea canister with an applied collar (missing llid) and spiral-fluted or swirl-molded) body; and decorated with band of underglaze blue decoration around shoulder, three dots of blue on side, and a thin blue band along the base rim. During her visit to HD on June 21, 1995, Louise Richardson attributed this canister to Thomas Harley (1778-1832) who produced earthenware jugs and other wares in his Lane End (now Longton) pottery from 1805-1812. Duckworth # M 90W

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