Presenting a fabulous tea caddy, dating from the mid to late 19th Century. It was most likely made in England as there was a large industry there during the Victorian era, making all sorts of items out of papier mache,
The caddy has a wonderful curved shape and sits on four scrolled feet. It has hand painted flowers and leaves encircling the entire piece. Most of these have been inlaid with mother of pearl and abalone. It creates quite a shimmering effect. The hinged lid opens to reveal two tin lined compartments to place your tea. These both have covers with wooden knobs. There is a lock, but no key present.
The box measures 10" by 7" at the base and stands 5 1/2" tall. It is in very good antique condition with no visible inlay missing, however there is slight loss to two of the feet - see photo. Overall, a gorgeous piece to decorate one's home.
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Antique English Papier Mache Tea Caddy With Mother of Pearl