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Tea Bottle

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The bottle swells from a circular foot to a bulbous quadrangular midsection and then contracts at the shoulder to form an elongated, tapering neck, which ends in a tall, recessed lip. The gilt strapwork, which fully decorates the shoulder of the bottle, extends upward to form four shaped panels...

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Darmstaedter, Berlin. March 24–26, 1925, sale, Rudolph Lepke, Berlin. November 1959 purchased in New York by Rita and Frits Markus; 1983, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus

German (Meissen decorated in Augsburg), about 1730

Object Place

Meissen, decorated in Augsburg, Germany


18.2 cm (7 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration




Ceramics, Porcelain