Mid-19th Century Papier-Mâché Tea Caddy, Casket Shape
This is an English mid-19th Century papier-mâché tea caddy with mother of pearl, and gilding. The tea caddy is decorated with beautiful floral paintings. The border of the lid is decorated with gorgeous mother of pearl inlay and gilding. Mother-of-pearl inlay and gilding was popular during the mid-19th Century in the Victorian Era. Three of the sides are decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay and gild floral designs. A gilt line is painted around the base of the tea caddy. There is some rubbing away of the line, especially in the front. At the top of the casket, there are gilt lines around the outside, but there is some rubbing away of the line at the corners.
This papier-mâché tea caddy is in the shape of a casket. The inside of the lid is lined with a dark blue velvet. The compartments and the underside of the lids are lined with a silver type of paper. And the lids of the two compartments have brass lifting knobs. The tea caddy measures 11 inches wide at the base, 6 inches high, and 7 inches deep.
This is a wonderful example of 19th Century box making in England. It would make a wonderful gift, and would look stunning on a table or desk.