Here is a very unusual caddy made in Europe sometime in the first quarter of the 19th century, possibly in Holland or one of the Low Countries. It is very much in a blanc-de-chine Chinese style that was considered antique even in those days. The vines and leaves were modeled separately and then applied to the caddy before firing. The remnants of silver luster decoration on the edges and in the crevices indicate a date after about 1805, when this process of luster decoration was first developed in England. The glaze has a slightly greenish tint and has formed thick pools where it ran down in the firing and accumulated on top of some of the horizontal vines. Looking at the bottom, I think this might even be a delft or faience ceramic body, rather than the very light body used with typical English or Continental creamware, but I leave that to the experts to determine. There is a small chip to the bottom rim, hardly visible, and the base ring of the decorated pewter lid (which might be original) sits loosely on the upper rim of the caddy. The top unscrews neatly with no difficulty. It is five and three-eighths inches tall.

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Continental Creamware Tea Caddy C.1825


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