This is a typical Oriental (Chinese) tea caddy of the mid-19th century decorated with lacquer on a timber base. The decoration is of gilt figures and scenes on the brown lacquer with red highlights. When opened, the inside of the lid has a decoration of seed heads and the main compartment holds two silvered metal (possibly pewter) canisters which have lift-off lids (possibly for measuring the tea) and an extra lid securing the contents. The two tops and lids have decorative patterns; one lid being floral and the other with a bird theme. The condition is good for age although a section of the right front lid has a missing edge for a couple of centimeters. The interior and canisters are in very good condition. This is an attractive tea caddy to display, demonstrating intricate lacquer and metal work. Maximum length 9.5ins (24.1cm) x maximum width 7ins (17.7cm) x maximum height 5.25ins (13.2cm). Weight 1604 grams.
This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 154.
Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $50.00 USD – with no tracking is cheaper. This item is covered by own insurance policy. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Complete Chinese Export Market Lacquer Octagonal Tea Caddy, c1840
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