Interestingly shaped, colorfully painted tea caddy sold in Shanghai with a design of two dragons searching for the flaming pearl.
The melon-shaped six sided porcelain tea caddy is painted with red, violet rose, yellow, green, pale blue, and white over glaze enamels. Black is used to outline and accent. The base of the tea caddy is raised with an unglazed foot ring. From the shoulder, a cylindrical neck rises to the small round mouth. There is the matching lid that is original with the piece.
The words CHINA WANG YUE TA - SHANGHAI CHINA are written in red enamel on the base.
6” (15.2 cm) tall x 4 ¾” (12.1 cm) diameter. Weighs 1 lb 2.5 oz (525 g)
There are no cracks, chips, or breaks. There are drilled holes in the lid and in the base because it had been made into a lamp. The over glaze paintings are bright and not worn.
A real piece of history from Shanghai near the turn of the 20th C.