The square shape of this glass vase is reminiscent of a Roman prism bottle and a cellar bottle dating back to the 17th century. The square bottle was transported in a partitioned wooden box, in which it fitted perfectly.
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.