A single tea Georgian caddy in harewood with an oval medallion
of a distinctively figured wood fragment, framed by a formal design
of delicate foliage, suggesting the Grecian laurel or myrtle wreath.
This evergreen plant was symbolic of victory, achievement in the
arts, immortality, and love. Sacred to Venus, it was adopted by
the exponents of the neoclassical style. An Adam drawing in Sir
John Soane's Museum library (London) shows this motif on a chair
designed "for the Right Hon. Lord Stanley".
An excellent example of an altogether classical composition, surviving
in original condition.
Last quarter 18th century.