China Trade Painting - Tea Series

Unknown authorLate 18th century - 1st quarter of the 19th century

Museu do Oriente

Museu do Oriente
Lisboa, Portugal

The final stage of oven-drying the tea leaves, which were then packed in chests lined with lead foil to preserve the aroma.
After the tea leaves were harvested, sorted and blanched, they were thrown for a few moments onto iron plates placed on top of ovens. Light wooden tea chests were also made for them, lined with a thin layer of lead that helped them retain their aroma.
China Trade paintings were made for the export market from the late 18th to the mid-19th century.
Joana Belard da Fonseca, in the Catalogue Portuguese Presence in Asia, Museu do Oriente, 2008, p. 161


  • Title: China Trade Painting - Tea Series
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: Late 18th century - 1st quarter of the 19th century
  • Location: China
  • Physical Dimensions: 35,8 X 46,4 cm
  • Subject Keywords: China Trade, Tea
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Fundação Oriente - Museu do Oriente
  • External Link: http://www.museudooriente.pt/
  • Medium: Watercolour on paper
  • Photographer: Image by Google

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