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.
This candle holder is a reference to the bossed beaker. These are glass beakers that occur in late 16th-century or 17th-century archaeological contexts. The wall of the bossed beaker is decorated with a relief pattern in the form of drops, tears, diamonds, warts or … bosses. Just like with this candle holder.