Tea Canister (boîte à thé)


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Tea Canister (boîte à thé)


LCSH: Porcelain, French—18th century—Pictorial works | Porcelain, French—Private collections | Porcelain, French—Sèvres—18th century—Slide collections | Sèvres porcelain—18th century—Pictorial works | Slides (Photography)—Private collections | Fritzsche, Ulrich—Art collections—Pictorial works | Ceramic tableware—France—18th century | Tea containers—France—18th century | Gilding—France—18th century | Decoration and ornament—Plant forms—France—18th century | Plants in art | Trees in art | Pastoral art—France—18th century | Shepherds in art | Sheep in art | Musical instruments in art

Getty AAT keywords: porcelain (material) | porcelain (visual works) | dinnerware | tea caddies (containers) | porcelain painting (image-making) | gilding-technique | trees | plant-derived motifs | pastoral | shepherds | Ovis (genus) | musical instruments


35mm color slide of an octagonal tea canister (Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory). The dark blue ground color is known as gros bleu (full blue), alternatively termed bleu du roi (the king’s blue). A painted reserve on each side of the canister contains pastoral subjects. The reserve and the sides of the box are edged with a thick band of tooled gilding. The top of the canister is gilded with scrolls, foliage, and a latticework pattern (also known as a “diaper pattern,” which refers to latticework or trelliswork applied over a ground color; see Savill 1988, 3:1173). The reserve visible in this slide depicts a romantic pastoral scene of a shepherd and shepherdess. The number 35 is handwritten on the slide.

Find more details on diverse blue ground colors in the Fritzsche Porcelain Exhibit.


Fritzsche, Ulrich (creator of slide); D’Arms, Ted (photographer); Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (creator of object)


Seattle Art Museum Libraries


18th century (date of object)
May 1976 (date of slide)


Painter, Kirsten Blythe


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English | French


still image

Spatial Coverage


Temporal Coverage

eighteenth century (dates CE)

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Original Format

slide, scanned using an Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner at 3200 dpi.


Fritzsche, Ulrich (creator of slide); D’Arms, Ted (photographer); Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (creator of object), “Tea Canister (boîte à thé),” Seattle Art Museum Libraries: Digital Collections, accessed November 29, 2023, https://samlibraries.omeka.net/items/show/2947.