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



Rosewood and Brass Inlaid Tea Chest Circa 1825.
This piece demonstrates a truly glamorous use of brass inlay. Although still in a controlled pattern, both the shape of the box and the design are quite elaborate. Note the main panel of inlay. In the very center, the pattern is formed by the wood framed by the brass. This grows outwardly in reverse, with the brass defining the shape of the stylized leafy design. This creates an impression of exploiting unfurling richness, characteristic of the mature George IV period. 

12.5" wide. 

Circa 1825-30. 

Detail of the center showing the well orchestrated design which incorporates the escutcheon within the pattern.

Original drop ring handles and ball feet.

Inside. Just as spectacular as the outside. The velvet is in excellent condition.

Original leading inside the lift out canisters.

Superb cut and engraved original bowl.

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