A superb Dr. Wall First Period Worcester porcelain tea canister of oval and fluted "French" shape. This beautiful example is decorated below the neck with a border of deep blue edged with foliate gilding. the body divided into 3 sections by green columns enhanced with a dot design and edged with gilding. Each of the body sections having pendant floral sprays, with the bottom portion of the canister having a wide gilt-edged green border. In contrast to the great majority of surviving tea canisters, this piece retains its original cover, decorated in a similar manner to the canister and topped with an open gilded flower.
Marked on the bottom with a blue underglaze script "W" and retaining the label of the Robert Drane collection. Drane was a famous and distinguished Welsh collector of Worcester porcelain. Over 1000 pieces of his collection were catalogued, exhibited and sold by Albert Amor in 1922, and the exhibition catalogue of this sale is still available. The British Museum bought a considerable number of pieces of this collection.
The condition of this canister is magnificent, with no cracks, restoration, paint or gilding loss. The only blemish, and it truly is a minor one, is a small nick at the footrim. This may be seen in the third photo. The red substance on the underside of the lid is a soft material, easily removed, that was put there to avoid chipping when the lid is placed on the canister.The height of the canister, including the lid, is 6 3/4", and without the lid is 5 1/2".