A Very Fine single Compartment Tea Caddy circa 1790
A very fine one compartment inlaid George III Tea Caddy circa
1790 of octagonal form veneered in various woods including maple
and burr yew. The hinged top and large sides inlaid with medallions containing specimen burr wood the canted corners having
blind flute inlay.
The caddy is in very good original condition and has a working lock.
The caddy is 12.75 cm high, 12.5 cm wide and 10 cm deep;
5 inches high by 4.9 inches wide and 4 inches deep.
The three dimensional effect of blind flute inlay is achieved
by scorching the maple. The light and shade on the design is done by dipping
the inlay elements into either hot sand or lead.
Detail showing direct inlay into the wood and fine stringing and
cross bandings. Note the use of natural green.
The top of the box has faded to a beautiful mellow patina with
a warm glow. It still retains its wax finish.
The inner lid continues the medallion motif of the outside.
These inlaid Georgian caddies are often faked or ruined by
refinishing. This is a good example of an original Georgian Caddy with