A Rare Famille Rose Tea caddy
Decorated with a trading ship approaching the Dutch Folly Fort
Together with a matched cover
Height; 4 1/4″ (10.4 cm)
Condition; Hairline 1.0 cm in rim, some crazing
See Rijksmuseum AK-NM-13568-A for a saucer from the same service
In the Ming Dynasty the Chinese had constructed two forts in the Pearl River as defences
For the city of Guangzhou (Canton)
Due to developments in weaponry they were redundant by the 18thc
The Dutch and French were then allowed to make use of them as warehouses
Being known as the French and Dutch Folly Forts
The Dutch Fort was directly opposite the city and just half a mile from the hongs.
Where they were given permission to build a hospital.
However, they were later discovered to be bringing guns