Tea caddy. Provenance: China. Dating: Late Kangxi period (1662-1722) or early Yongzheng (1723-1735) C. 1710-1735. Tea caddy of rectangular form with canted corners and a ribbed body on a flat unglazed base. Fitted with a replaced and marked Dutch Silver cover. On all sides and the flat shoulders decorated with various flowering plants. Round the top a band of zig-zag lines with on each side in the middle a half flower. The Silver marks explained: The Marker’s mark: MW. The sword mark was used (1814-1905) as the standard mark on articles too small for the full hallmarking. Dimensions: Height: 94 mm (3.70 inch), Wide: 91 mm (3.58 inch), Deep: 52 mm (2.05 inch). Condition: Various firing flaws around the foot and one to the upper rim further some spots on the edges caused by plopping bubbles of glaze during the firing process.