Tea caddy and cover

Object Number: 
1927.17ab
Date: 
ca. 1793
Medium: 
Porcelain
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 14 x 8.3 x 3.2 cm )
Description: 
Porcelain tea caddy and cover; decorated with band of blue enamel with gold stars around shoulders; a band of blue enamel linked diamonds and gilt circles around base; two birds facing each other, each holding a flower are in an oval cartouche on either side of the caddy; the lid has a berry knop and blue leaf.
Gallery Label: 
This tea caddy was given by Clarkson Crolius (1773-1843) to Elizabeth Meyer (ca. 1774-1856) at the time of their marriage in 1793. Crolius was a New York potter and politician. Caddies such as this were used to store precious tea leaves.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Carrie E. Karstens
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group