A spectacular find, this perfectly preserved Victorian era Asian made papier mache (mâché) tea caddy with hand painted figures in excellent form, inlaid with copious amounts of shell, mother of pearl and all in place. Each of the figures dancing on the upper lid are inlaid mother of pearl, and the side panels all have repeating figures in painted gold enamel. Working lock and original key and even the inner well cover remains in fine original and intact condition. What a gem this one is. A partial importer's stamp remains on bottom but it can't be read. During the Napoleon III era (c.1850-70) this Chinoiserie or Japonaise decorative style came into high fashion and this one was very likely originally marketed to the French. We have beautiful sets of Victorian face screens that are a lovely compliment to this tea caddy, if you're looking (sold separately). We can help you. Just ask.
Very good to excellent condition throughout. No chips to note and the inlays of mother of pearl are exceptionally fine and remarkably intact. All painted surfaces remain in fine form, as well. Might be the best of these we've ever found or offered. Foil is original as you see it, fine form. There are no breaks at hinge, either, and the working lock and key still attend. The box is 5.5" square and 4.5" tall when closed. Fabulous old one!
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