A wonderful and very desirable example of an 8-sided Lowestoft tea caddy, or canister. Painted with a flower bouquet and sprays beneath a border of flowerheads and foliate scrolls, the top having flowers and leaves.
The caddy is 3 1/2 inches tall and 3 inches in diameter, and is in superb condition, with no cracks, chips, or restoration. The only tiny blemish of any type is a 3/16" long glaze split at the top of the rim, clearly occurring during manufacture. Please note that what appears to be discoloration in the pictures is just due to lighting, and there is no staining.
The same caddy is shown in plate 38 of the 1969 edition of Lowestoft Porcelain by Geoffrey Godden, and a caddy of the same form, but with a footrim chip and very slightly different painting, sold for approximately 1850 pounds at Christie's sale on December 6, 2004.
Unfortunately, it is rare that less common forms of 18th century English factories in fine state remain. This example is not the more common type of Lowestoft caddy, i.e. the slope-shouldered printed variety, and, as mentioned above, is in excellent condition. A great opportunity for any collectors of English porcelain, and, of course, those particularly interested in Lowestoft.