This bird feeder is reminiscent of Roman frescoes depicting a garden scene with a fountain where birds come to drink. For example, think of one of the frescoes in the Casa della Venere in Conchiglia or the House of Venus in the Shell in Pompeii.
The first records of tea imported into Europe from the Far East date to the second half of the 16th century. When the consumption of exotic drinks became widespread, a clear relationship arose with adapted containers, such as porcelain. The decorations were created in an interaction between the demand in the area of consumption and the producers in Asia. In this way, consumers ultimately formed their own ‘fictional’ image of Chinese culture. This product shows such a hybrid image of ‘Chinese’ representations.