Tea-caddy. Provenance: China. Dating: Late Kangxi period (1662-1722) early Yongzheng period (1723-1735), c.1720-1730. Tea-caddy of square form with canted corners and a glazed base. Four flat feet at the corners. A flat shoulder and a short upright neck. Mounted with a unmarked silver neck and cover. Chinese Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold. Decorated with different flowering plants like; peony, aster, banana and cherry growing from pierced rockwork and a table with flower baskets filled with various flowering plants. On the flat shoulder four cartouches filled with flowering plants on a trellis pattern ground with four single flower heads. C.J.A. Jörg states in his "Famille Verte, Chinese Porcelain in Green Enamels" that many flowering plants all have their own symbolism; depicted together they also symbolise nature's wealth, and hence riches. Dimensions: Height (with cover): 127 mm (5.00 inch), Height (without cover): 106 mm (4.17 inch), Diameter: 60 mm (2.36 inch). Condition: Some rough spots to the edges. References: C.J.A. Jörg, Famille Verte, Chinese Porcelain in Green Enamels, Schoten 2011, p.36.