Chinese export transitional tea caddies, circa 1640, from the Shirley M. Mueller Collection. One was in the exhibit
Notice that the lids are reverse blue and white, one a blue flower on white and the other a white flower on blue. This designated a differnt use for each, possibly that one was for green tea and the other for black.
The ceiling of the Oranienburg Palace outside Berlin
Notice the tea caddy similar to the one in the Shirley M. Mueller Collection in the upper right quadrant.
A close up of the underglaze blue and white tea caddy
It is like the one in the Shirley M. Mueller Collection except that the leaf is revered. The 1697 painter of the ceiling, Augustus Terwesten, may have taken artistic license or his memory for the piece he was painting may have been faulty.
The tea leaf painted on the tea caddy in underglaze blue and white
This suggests that the containers were used for tea.
The 1680 Yixing (red stoneware) teapot with contemporary mounts from the Shirley M. Mueller collection in the exhibit
A close-up of the contemporary mounts on the Yixing teapot
The book published by BARD in association with the exhibit
The Bard Graduate Center at 18 West 86th St. NYC NY is a graduate institute and exhibition space affiliated with Bard College located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.