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Subject:Marked Large Chinese Pewter liquid container
Posted By: Suzy Brown Sun, Feb 11, 2018 IP: 146.199.193.218

REPOSTING WITH PICTURES THIS TIME!!!(hopefully!!)
This Pewter object is 30cm high approx decorated with dragons. Twist base which contains removable cannister. It has a plate which goes in the neck to form a spout & filter. I can't identify what this would used for? I've taken a picture of the base markings if anyone can identify? Thanks very much.







Subject:Re: Marked Large Chinese Pewter liquid container
Posted By: I.Nagy Mon, Feb 12, 2018

Reading of bottom markings,
長沙 北正街 - Changsha (Capital of Hunan Province)
Peizhengjie - North Straight Street
易泰昌 - Yi Taichang (Name horizontally written)-
Name of shop oowner
錫泰院 - Tin Extreme Yard (Vertically written) -
Name of shop
包用  - For use in sack (Left side)
Unfortunately because of the wrong angle I can`t read the two characters on the right side.
I think it was a kind of portable liquid container.
for travellers.

With regards,
I.Nagy


Subject:Re: Marked Large Chinese Pewter liquid container
Posted By: Suzy Brown Tue, Feb 13, 2018

Thank you so much for your reply really appreciate the information. I've taken a better pic of the right hand side characters don't know if they're any clearer? Is there anything on the base that dates the item? I was thinking that maybe like English hallmarks one of those characters would be similar to a date letter.



Subject:包用
Posted By: Super Wed, Feb 14, 2018

http://www.86gudong.com/Article.asp?ArtID=4284

Talking about 包用 mark

"在高博达所收藏的锡器中,约占70%有款识。清代以前的制品很少见款识,清代以后带款识的制品逐渐多了起来。一般在器皿底部印轧出店铺、商号、作坊或工匠的人名款。有的还印轧上产地及包换、包用、点铜、真足点(点铜、真足点的含义是在以锡为主材的基础上适量加入部分铜的成分,起加强造型硬度的作用)、不真包换等质量保证款。另外,也有在器皿盖内、套内或托盘内印轧款识的"

Subject:Re: Marked Large Chinese Pewter liquid container
Posted By: Bill H Tue, Feb 13, 2018

Magnified, the characters in the oval cartouche on the right side look to me like they could be "准與" (zhunyu), with the meaning of "permit granted". If so, the device may be something registered by its maker with the local magistrate's office or "Yamen", which registration would be tantamount to a copyright.

Best regards,

Bill H.



Subject:Re: Marked Large Chinese Pewter liquid container
Posted By: Suzy Brown Wed, Feb 14, 2018

Thanks very much for that, so any ideas on what it would have been used for? Drawing a complete blank, can't even find anything like it! I've included additional pics of the base, showing where the cannister is inserted & showing inside.





Subject:Re: Marked Large Chinese Pewter liquid container
Posted By: Super Wed, Feb 14, 2018

Found this:

http://blog.xuite.net/slingpc/twblog/130157773

「淨點」是誇耀錫質純淨,未用油鉛、脆鉛之類以次充好之意)
this mark is similar to the right one on your piece, which indicates the purity of the pewter used, did not mix with any other inferior material.

The left mark 包用 with 包 means guarantee, warranty and 用 means workable. In short, the manufacturer of the pewter utensils will warrant their pewter products will work as intended.

本款四方八面造型之錫製大茶筒,有內蓋,約當民初款。為湖南長沙老字打錫號「易泰昌」所製作,品相完整良好,錫茶筒重量約為1,260公克。

本件茶筒含蓋含鈕珠高度約21.5公分,筒口直徑8公分。主要筒身高約14 公分,胎體最寬約12.5公分。茶筒為上寬下略窄造型,上邊之主體四方長邊約7.5公分,短側邊約3.5公分,底部之八角形長邊各約5.5公分,短側邊約3公分。

茶筒之筒身採主體四面、含側邊共八方的造型,開光面鑄刻有龍紋和花草圖案,兩側有提環把手,筒蓋則類似將軍罐的燭光火焰頭造型,相當精緻細膩。茶筒底部和筒蓋內側均有「長沙北正街」、「易泰昌錫號」、「淨點」(「淨點」是誇耀錫質純淨,未用油鉛、脆鉛之類以次充好之意)和「包用」等打印落款。

在 中國傳統器物的用具上,以錫打造的製作和應用非常廣泛,因為中國南方產優質錫礦,所以造就過輝煌的打錫工藝歷史。在南方,如福建的漳州,廣東的廣州、汕頭 和潮陽,湖南省的長沙等,都曾有精緻的打錫工藝,於往日都曾享譽過盛名。北方雖不產錫,但因古老的富貴人家亦多歡喜閃似銀彩光澤的精美錫器,故在河南的道 口、山東的威海衛、江蘇的泰州、四川的成都和北京的前門打磨廠和珠市口,也都各自發展出手藝高超的錫藝術製造業。至於江西、廣西、雲南等地,也有相當數 量、且富有民族特色的錫工藝發展。

本款錫茶筒保存狀況良好,為相當精美的古董老件錫器,頗有欣賞、蒐藏的藝術價值。密合度良好,筒蓋可緩慢閉合。惟因有些年份,筒身多少有些微擦傷刮痕。

圖一至三為本款茶筒之狀況一覽,文字說明後之餘圖為茶筒各角度、背面之細部圖。





Subject:Re: Marked Large Chinese Pewter liquid container
Posted By: Suzy Brown Thu, Feb 15, 2018

Thank you so much everyone for all the information, I've learnt a lot! Any ideas at all of what this item is called and how would it be used? Anyone find anything similar?

Subject: 茶罐 or 茶筒 Tea canister
Posted By: Super Fri, Feb 16, 2018

I believe your piece is a
茶罐 - tea canister
or
茶叶罐 - tea leave canister

Pewter is a good material in making canisters for storing tea since it blocks light and air tight at the top.

https://www.zhihu.com/question/28442388

https://www.etsy.com/listing/591766751/oriental-pewter-tea-storage-canister?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_b-home_and_living-other&utm_custom1=bbe6c139-cb2e-4b7b-91cf-e7340c1f9075&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwuqDtqur2QIVgTuBCh2tugpDEAQYAyABEgKld_D_BwE

Many bigger pewter pieces (like the one I posted) are also called 茶筒

Subject:Re: Marked Large Chinese Pewter liquid container
Posted By: Super Fri, Feb 16, 2018

In one of the pictures of this tea canister (see posted), its stopper looks kind of like one of the piece of your tea canister

https://www.etsy.com/listing/591766751/oriental-pewter-tea-storage-canister?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_b-home_and_living-other&utm_custom1=bbe6c139-cb2e-4b7b-91cf-e7340c1f9075&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwuqDtqur2QIVgTuBCh2tugpDEAQYAyABEgKld_D_BwE




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