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Antique Boxes in English Society
1760 -1900
Tea Caddies and Tea
Tea Caddies and Tea



A single tea caddy in harewood with an oval medallion of figured wood Circa 1790.

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.

 4.5" wide.

 Last quarter 18th century. 

The decoration continues on the sides. The dot design and the ovals in peculiar growth wood, point to an early Tunbridge ware piece.  

Side and back continuing the wreath decoration.

Inside showing  original lining. No inner lid.

For the historical context of this caddy read the relevant part of Antigone's Online Antique Box Book. If you click here you will go there.
We have written a highly illustrated book on Antique Boxes and Tea caddies which is being published by Schiffer Books USA. This tea caddy has been specially photographed for inclusion. 

  © 2002 Antigone Clarke and Joseph O'Kelly