The tea caddy is decorated with fanciful chinoiserie figures in painted, champlevé enamel. On the sliding lid, a man smokes an opium pipe while playing dice with a pair of companions. Two pseudo-Chinese characters, slightly resembling the Chinese word for tea, are inscribed in blue on the upper corners. An enthroned imperial figure wearing a robe embroidered with phoenixes, as well as two more pseudo-Chinese characters, appear on the caddy's front face. On the reverse, a figure holds a banner inscribed with the Russian surname "Fuchamskiy." Above, appears the word "Chai" (Tea) and below, "Dushistiy" (Aromatic). Each end shows a single figure: one dancing while grasping a bottle and goblet, and the the other playing a mandolin.


  • Title: Tea Caddy
  • Creator: Ivan Khlebnikov (Russian, active 1870-1917)
  • Date Created: 1873
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  • Roles: Artist: Ivan Khlebnikov (Russian, active 1870-1917)
  • Provenance: Acquired by Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C.; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 2010.
  • Object Type: tea caddies (containers)
  • Medium: silver gilding, champlevé enamel
  • Inscriptions: [Marks] In Cyrillic: Khlebnikov, VS; [Translation] Viktor Savinkov, Moscow assay master 1855-1888; [Mark] St. George
  • Dimensions: H: 4 3/8 x W: 6 5/8 x D: 4 5/8 in. (11.1 x 16.8 x 11.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
  • Classification: Enamels
  • Accession Number: 44.789

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