Description The tea caddy is decorated with fanciful chinoiserie figures in painted, champlevé enamel. On the sliding lid, a man smokes an opium pipe while playing dice with a pair of companions. Two pseudo-Chinese characters, slightly resembling the Chinese word for tea, are inscribed in blue on the upper corners. An enthroned imperial figure wearing a robe embroidered with phoenixes, as well as two more pseudo-Chinese characters, appear on the caddy's front face. On the reverse, a figure holds a banner inscribed with the Russian surname "Fuchamskiy." Above, appears the word "Chai" (Tea) and below, "Dushistiy" (Aromatic). Each end shows a single figure: one dancing while grasping a bottle and goblet, and the the other playing a mandolin.
Provenance Acquired by Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C.; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 2010.
Inscriptions [Marks] In Cyrillic: Khlebnikov, VS; [Translation] Viktor Savinkov, Moscow assay master 1855-1888; [Mark] St. George
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
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